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Mid Hill Monstrosity

It was a cold and windy day today so I decided I’d have a walk where there was a bit of shelter, so went to Fetteresso forest. I thought I would check out possible camp spots for this year’s TGO Challenge and also have a look at the Mid Hill wind farm as some folks had wondered if there is still work going on.

I’m happy to be counted as a wind farm anti but, to be honest, I’ve only ever viewed these things from a distance and never got up close before. The ‘good’ news is that there’s no disruption from the wind farm construction and I think concerns about water pollution are misplaced. The water quality seems fine. The bad news is that, up close, wind farms are horrendous. You don’t really appreciate how big and horrible they are until you are standing under a turbine. In Mid Hill, it’s particularly bad as some forest areas have been cleared and the brash has been left lying around so the landscape is absolutely devastated.

Mid Hill - Turbines and brash leaving a devastated landscape

Mid Hill – Turbines and brash leaving a devastated landscape

I walked up Cairn Kerloch where you get a full view of just how extensive this wind farm is. This was never a place of exceptional natural beauty but was simply a place that could be enjoyed by all sorts of day walkers from the north-east of Scotland- not just experienced hill walkers.  Now it has been destroyed by the policies of a scientifically-illiterate government whose only concern is attracting city voters in the central belt.

Cairn and Mid Hill wind farm

Cairn and Mid Hill wind farm

The contrast between the old stones of the cairn on Cairn Kerloch and the turbines was a telling one. I was a little consoled by the fact that the cairn will still be there long after the turbines have gone and we have moved to a more sensible approach to electricity generation.

6 Responses to “Mid Hill Monstrosity”

  1. Awful. Depressing. And we seem so powerless to stop all this.

  2. peter goddard says:

    I cannot really think of words to describe what I am seeing. It is truly appalling and I wonder how long it will take to save the co2 used in the construction, including making and transporting all the materials used in construction and all the fuel used moving the building workers to and fro. But of course we pay for all that and all Mr Salmonds Lowland friends will be raking in a subsidised profit for years to come.

  3. alan.sloman says:

    I agree with you Ian, David ans Peter. It is utterly depressing.

    David says “we seem so powerless to stop all of this.” And there’s the rub; We let that power slip away twenty years ago by letting FoE, WWF and Greenpeace have the ear of the politicians in the European Parliament and British Government. Why? Because politicians want to be seen to be doing something – anything – to fight “man made global warming” (renamed Climate change in more recent times as there’s been no statistical significant warming for the last 18 years.)

    But of course, in Scotland, climate change became an SNP weapon in their fight for separation from the United Kingdom. Wind generated electricity was to replace the dwindling tax revenues from the North Sea, and so Salmond dramatically increased the European and British renewables targets. Of course this was bad news for Scotland as that really meant onshore wind. And now that wind has made the Longannet coal fired power station uneconomic, it looks like that will close. This means that scotland will become a net importer of electricity from England.

    Only in Scotland, eh?

    We did have the power, David, but we gave it away, to economically illiterate politicians with the Worm-Tongues FoE, WWF and Greenpeace whispering bile into their ears.

  4. Rod Ross says:

    I wish that I could agree that the cairn will outlive the wind farm but as these things will just be left to rot after their ‘useful’ (sic) life has finished, due to lack of funds to remove them, I have fears that they will blight the landscape for a much longer time to come after that.

  5. Bern Ross says:

    Very well said Ian Somerville. Appalling situation that’s so little understood by the majority of the population.
    “… the cairn will still be there long after the turbines have gone and we have moved to a more sensible approach to electricity generation.” – a statement easier said than realised. When oh when will we get a politician or even a candidate who will promise to at least REMOVE these eyesores when they’ve lived their short lives?

  6. Sue Richardson says:

    What is a ‘more sensible approach to electricity generation’? Nuclear, with its enormous planning footprint and unsolved problems of waste disposal? Coal, which has left my part of the world and parts of your own country spoiled and polluted? If we find a truly safe decentralised form of power these windmills can be dismantled and removed leaving very little permanent damage behind them unlike a coal mine or a power plant. The ground cover, which was secondary growth, will regenerate and no-one will know they were ever there. I have lived in energy-generating parts of the UK all my life, once lovely too and now industrialised and in some cases spoiled. If you turn on a light switch you need to be aware that you cannot free load off communities like mine any longer. Time to pay your share of the aesthetic cost. besides, I think they are rather majestic. We have them too around here and I love them.

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