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    It’s a catch 22 the HRC need the money and just don’t care who suffers in the process. They clearly state the there no possibility to erect industrial or commercial building but turbine companies easily get permission for the same ground as they can throw up as many Windturbines as they like . The Council were asked 20 years ago to allow counties to register a charitable trust for any wind turbine installations and needed permission from the community if they wanted them and if they did they would reap any rewards of local use . The HRC , local elected officials and councillors said “ NO Way” at that time a local man said on the Org that Caithness would be carpet bombed with turbines if local communities concerns were pushed aside . Not one councillors in the highlands sided with him. Now the truth is about us and we’re knee deep in turbines with 97% of the profits gone south and to big shareholders. The Council brushed aside complaints and brushed them under the carpet . It’s a pity that a place like Caithness has been ransacked by turbines companies for the benefit of others at the expense of locals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiltedviking View Post
    It’s a catch 22 the HRC need the money and just don’t care who suffers in the process. They clearly state the there no possibility to erect industrial or commercial building but turbine companies easily get permission for the same ground as they can throw up as many Windturbines as they like . The Council were asked 20 years ago to allow counties to register a charitable trust for any wind turbine installations and needed permission from the community if they wanted them and if they did they would reap any rewards of local use . The HRC , local elected officials and councillors said “ NO Way” at that time a local man said on the Org that Caithness would be carpet bombed with turbines if local communities concerns were pushed aside . Not one councillors in the highlands sided with him. Now the truth is about us and we’re knee deep in turbines with 97% of the profits gone south and to big shareholders. The Council brushed aside complaints and brushed them under the carpet . It’s a pity that a place like Caithness has been ransacked by turbines companies for the benefit of others at the expense of locals.
    I think the trouble is that local anti-wind farm groups have polarised the debate, over egged the negative impacts, ignored the benefits and shot themselves in the foot in the process. They even denied climate change which has been ridiculous and weakened their position and credibility. They should have worked with the developers in a positive way to get the most for the area, instead they have held an adversarial standpoint at every turn and so the wind farm companies have railroaded their plans in after all consultation attempts have failed. You cannot blame them for that. Not all wind farms were/are outside interests either, some were local.
    God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
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    Sorry can’t agree , let’s put some turbines up in the places where all lot of folk can see them , in every park in London . In the national parks to show how environmentally friendly they are . It’s always in someone else’s back garden or community that carries the burden for a fraction or the profit. If we spend a whole lot more on upgrading the insulation on homes and therefore reduce the energy we waste . When and maybe then the turbine would make a difference,until then it’s like using a bigger bailing jug on a leaky boat with one hand while drilling holes in it with the other. The amount of jobs created and the long term reward for the environment and community would be a win ,win . It’s the type of situation that we ALL have to work together to get a proper job done or it’s your children and grandchildren that will pay the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiltedviking View Post
    Sorry can’t agree , let’s put some turbines up in the places where all lot of folk can see them , in every park in London . In the national parks to show how environmentally friendly they are . It’s always in someone else’s back garden or community that carries the burden for a fraction or the profit. If we spend a whole lot more on upgrading the insulation on homes and therefore reduce the energy we waste . When and maybe then the turbine would make a difference,until then it’s like using a bigger bailing jug on a leaky boat with one hand while drilling holes in it with the other. The amount of jobs created and the long term reward for the environment and community would be a win ,win . It’s the type of situation that we ALL have to work together to get a proper job done or it’s your children and grandchildren that will pay the price.
    Wind farms aren't built in National Parks, have you actually studied this subject?
    It makes sense to insulate your home to the max not to make any difference to the performance of a wind turbine but to reduce your carbon footprint.
    Last edited by Rheghead; 27-Aug-21 at 10:51.
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    I see that this wind farm is now in for planning approval, with a VERY short window for anyone to comment. Anyone got any thoughts on whether it is even worth trying to lodge opposition?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SusanJ View Post
    I see that this wind farm is now in for planning approval, with a VERY short window for anyone to comment. Anyone got any thoughts on whether it is even worth trying to lodge opposition?
    Yes, had noticed they had slipped out the details of the scoping report. These people have morals lower than a snakes belly.

    And yes, it is worth putting in your objections as we are still managing to cling on to democracy. At least if valid points are made to counter the assurances by the "experts" then when things do go wrong they can not deny being told about the concerns.

    Unfortunately due to Covid and now Omicron many people will not even be aware of what is to happen at Mey. SPR and the landowner are taking full advantage of the current crisis to sneek this application through the system and hope we are all otherwise distracted. There will be no public meetings of course and probably not even another cryptic flyer through the letter box.

    What should be noted is that this is only the start, one turbine appears at Ratter Mains, then four at Lochend and now ten at Mey. Windfarms have a habit of expanding and linking until before you know it you can not look in any direction without seeing one.

    Two choices:
    1) Make no objections and get trodden on but don't moan later.
    2) Make your voice heard and let these people know that not everyone is happy to see every corner of Scotland blighted by turbines.

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