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    So the Windfarm Gangsters have Mey in their sights.


    Will the people of the area be bothered to question the need for this development which will be right in the middle of one of Caithness's tourist hotspots.


    This development, without doubt, will permanently scar this area, the other local existing windfarms can be seen for miles and this one will be no different.


    Scottish Power Renewables are launching their public relations exercise again (20th Jan) and will be telling us of the great benefits to the area such as jobs and a Community fund. They will no doubt produce a lengthy biased scoping report compiled by Consultees that are in SPR's pocket.


    In reality some local contractors may be lucky enough to get some work but SPR will use their own contractors from outside to do the bulk of the work. The truth is that this development will not create any local full time jobs.


    The so called Community Fund will not benefit Mey or the surrounding area. It would be most likely that any Community Fund (bribe) would be hijacked by The Highland Council Inverness and squandered down there.


    Whilst considering the impact of the Turbines on the landscape and terrain also consider the infrastructure that will have to be built to get the electricity to the grid. This would be sub stations and probably pylons which will be the preferred and cheaper option to trenching the lines.


    The only people to gain anything from this windfarm will be the landowner who will probably be leasing the land to SPR and of course SPR who will reap and milk every grant and subsidy available which are, ironically, created by taxpayers contributions.


    One thing is for sure if Planning Permission is granted SPR will not be interested in any unforeseen issues created by the building works. The residents in the locality will be left with devalued properties, views that will make their eyes sore and the local hospitality trade left with rental properties that will no longer appeal to tourists.


    We need to produce greener power but should it be done at any cost to the environment. Surely there are areas in Scotland that could take windfarms without having such a drastic impact on peoples lives.

    Just think about it.

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    Yes, and to add insult to injury for considerable portions of time, the companies are paid by the tax payer to keep them switched off. Also, the over-riding of local democracy by the Scottish Government (when local people have overwhelmingly rejected yet more turbines and their concerns are just dismissed) is truly shocking and disgraceful. Truth is, the off shore wind turbines are far better and we do not need more land based turbines and Caithness is stuffed full of them already. I agree with all you have said.

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    Cement production is responsible for approx., 7% of Global CO2 Emissions! Yup.

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    If Life gives you wind then make wind energy.

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    Definitely agree with Tom Bowler that we should be ready to oppose this huge development. Am I right in thinking the proposed turbine height is the greatest in Caithness at 149m to tip? Very nearly 500ft! Late last year Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse spoke about the importance of off-shore wind energy for our future net zero emissions target and I believe the Scottish Government has an ambition to develop off-shore wind energy to power 8 million homes by 2030. With this potential off-shore, there is no justification to further blight the environment in our remote, beautiful corner of the UK.

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    Bad Fearn windfarm, Dunbeath, which is currently in planning is 180m. to tip so if consented that will be the highest to date. Stemster windfarm, Latheron, still in scoping is 200m. I'm afraid there is no guarantee that any height limit will remain as they frequently come back with amendments these days. A windfarm in Sutherland was consented last year at 180m. and since then they have submitted two amendments taking it to 210m. The planning officer concerned described this as a "slight variation" !
    There is nothing net zero about wind energy as masses of fossil fuels are required for their construction including huge concrete bases and gallons of oil. The oil of course needs to be replaced from time to time. I have no idea what they plan to use to replace oil in anything mechanical if they do indeed go net zero.
    All windfarms, on and offshore, are very damaging environmentally. They are a money-making scam and should be opposed as strongly as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SusanJ View Post
    Snip: I believe the Scottish Government has an ambition to develop off-shore wind energy to power 8 million homes by 2030. With this potential off-shore, there is no justification to further blight the environment in our remote, beautiful corner of the UK.
    According to the Scottish Government’s own statistics, there were 2.6 million households in Scotland, so aside from selling the surplus electricity to National Grid, is there really any need for hundreds more turbines?

    https://www.gov.scot/publications/ho...mmary/pages/5/

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    Absolutely not. Existing windfarms have been paid over £926m. to switch off because the Grid can't use what they're generating so why do they keep building more? That's not even the total as a whole lot more is kept secret. Most of this money is in Scotland which has the majority of windfarms and a much smaller population than England. The difference in planning is that English communities have more control whereas Scottish ones have hardly any since our government continually over-rules local decisions. What makes it worse now is that applications continue to pour in with no proper consultation since it's all online during lockdown. This excludes everyone with little or no broadband.
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    A lot on NIMBYers in here
    Canít say I noticed such opposition to the other wind farms in the area.
    We are committed to the green energy so up they shall go.
    If planning is not granted th Scottish executive will step in and overrule

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    It isn't Nimbyism- it is seeking to protect what is left of wild landscape from developments that will make diddly squat difference to climate change (which everyone is worried sick about). It is not as though Caithness doesn't have wind farms- the county is swamped and with countless others in the scoping and planning stage. People who live here have a right to object to what they hold dear when they are the ones affected by these monstrosities. The wildlife that I hold dear is being immensely affected as well- things being wiped out in the here and now for no gain whatsoever. People have objected to other developments and still are doing but I fear they will not be listened to as that is the way it goes now. Decisions will be taken by people living in Edinburgh who have green spaces which they can enjoy that are not blighted by turbines whereas here, we now have fewer and fewer places to go that do not have turbines. Does anyone seriously think that all that operation of machinery and pouring of concrete and putting in immense tracks over the peat is actually good for carbon emissions and climate change?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fulmar View Post
    It isn't Nimbyism- it is seeking to protect what is left of wild landscape from developments that will make diddly squat difference to climate change (which everyone is worried sick about). It is not as though Caithness doesn't have wind farms- the county is swamped and with countless others in the scoping and planning stage. People who live here have a right to object to what they hold dear when they are the ones affected by these monstrosities. The wildlife that I hold dear is being immensely affected as well- things being wiped out in the here and now for no gain whatsoever. People have objected to other developments and still are doing but I fear they will not be listened to as that is the way it goes now. Decisions will be taken by people living in Edinburgh who have green spaces which they can enjoy that are not blighted by turbines whereas here, we now have fewer and fewer places to go that do not have turbines. Does anyone seriously think that all that operation of machinery and pouring of concrete and putting in immense tracks over the peat is actually good for carbon emissions and climate change?
    Caithness is flat, as windy as hell and sparsely populated, makes it the ideal spot for wind farms.
    We will continue to see them built here as long as they are financially attractive to the energy companies.
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    Yep, you've hit the nail on the head- it is greed not green but dressed up to sound wonderful and planet saving. What a big scam and that is what it is. The off shore turbines work far better and are more reliable. I just about support them being built off shore if we have to have them (though worry about the effects on cetaceans and other marine life- but the bases at least act as shelter and 'reefs' to a certain extent) but there is no excuse for more on land whatsoever.

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    Despite many people laughing at my theory , but I feel that if you are surrounded by windfarms then it must make it less windy on land.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bowler View Post
    Just think about it.
    Yes I have done that. I think the risks to the Scottish countryside are greater if we do not act on reversing the effects of Climate Change. We have had very bad wildfires in Caithness over recent years with untold damage to property and wildlife.
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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.
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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.
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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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