Scottish Government is to announce a ban on Wind Farms in National Parks and National Scenic Areas. Well in practice there already is a quasi ban. OK, Cairngorm allowed one small on at the Lecht ski area. So like all the grand gestures from this SNP government it lacks a certain credibility. What we might ask is are these areas to be protected from wind farms on their borders such as Allt Duine on Cairngorm, Beinn Mhor on Glen Affric or Woodlands Farm on Ben Wyvis. In other words is this government concession nothing more than smoke and mirrors? The Story Here. However I rather liked one quote which proves that wind has nothing to do with saving the planet but only about the DO$H.
One leading chartered quantity surveyor – who has worked on some of Scotland’s biggest wind farms – said the proposals are likely to fuel offshore and semi-urban projects.
He said: “Farm development is a cash cow. All this will do is narrow the focus of the bosses who sign our cheques.”
Who needs PR Companies anyway?
This rather ignores the fact that no wind farm has ever been in a National Park or a National Nature Reserve, or in fact a National Scenic Area, although a few small hydros have been or have been approved. Does this reflect where the next target of the Wind Industry would have been? After all if they have trashed the Mondialiths and are targetting Glen Affric, why stop there. The recent comment by Dereck Mackay, Planning Minister, that no more National Parks are planned as Scotland already has 19% of it’s area already within National Parks will be a disappointment for those hoping for some protection to such areas as Glen Affric, Ben Nevis and Galloway to name but a few.