Today, the Scottish Government approved the construction of a 67 turbine windfarm at Stronelarig in the Monadliaths. This is what I wrote to Fergus Ewing about this.
Mr Fergus Ewing,
The Scottish Parliament,
Dear Mr Ewing,
I am writing to you to express my dismay at your recent decision to approve the construction of a large-scale wind farm at Stronelairg in the Monadliath Mountains. This industrial development will irrevocably damage one of the finest landscapes in Scotland and will undoubtedly cause considerable damage to the local tourist industry.
The Scottish landscape is a priceless and unique part of our heritage and I am disappointed that the Scottish Government is willing to damage this for the sake of arbitrary targets on renewable energy. As an engineer, I am equally disappointed that the Government has not subjected the claims by power companies to a more stringent independent analysis. Their claims are, frankly, incredibly optimistic and I am convinced that the actual power generated and the consequent economic benefits will be significantly less than has been claimed. The main beneficiaries of your decision will not be the Scottish people but rather wealthy landowners and the power companies who are being subsidised by your Government’s policy.
It is not too late to rescind this decision and to ensure that future decisions on the siting of industrial developments take into account the need to preserve our wonderful landscape. I urge you to do so.
Professor Ian Sommerville