From the start of this research things haven’t gone smoothly. The Industry and the Scottish Government seemed intent to have limited representation of those impacted by wind farms. Only very forceful exchanges enabled such representation. What actually came through though was an acceptable balance of local government, planning, opposition groups and industry representatives. Concerns may well have centred on the name and type of work ClimateXChange takes on. However the report that they have presented identifies exactly the concerns that we have all expressed and the Horrendous and True facts that so called computer models and pre planning promises aren’t worth the paper they are written on. I think the Scottish Government must hang it’s head in shame that for so long they have ignored our complaints and criticisms and taken all their information direct off the Scottish Renewables web site. For once the objectors are vindicated and despite the group being weighted to the wind industry there is little included in the report that will find favour within that industry. We have already heard the platitudes but the fact is that thousands of wind turbines have already been built on false planning figures and poor impact assessments. Perhaps it is now time for all those ‘no win no fee’ legal sharks to start circling because I am sure they smell blood!
A simple look through the report and the first question that springs to mind is why has this taken two years. What does confuse me is have the Scottish Government received a different version from the rest of us. Changes in planning are described as rigorous improvements? I am unaware of any such changes. Scottish Renewables likewise referred to high standards of guidance. Had those standards been high we would not have all the reported problems with noise, shadow flicker and visual impact. In fact as usuual Scottish Renewables and the Scottish Government have come out with the levels of bovine excrement that we are used to. Was this a whitewash? No, as it pointed to the need for further research and identified serious failings in the system. Could it have been better. Most certainly but then we have come to expect this sort of thing from consultants employed by the industry or the Scottish Government. The advisers chosen were not what we would describe as independent as there names are consistently linked with wind farm developers. I think Murdo Fraser put it succinctly when he said People are fed up with turbines. I would add and those apologists for them!