Letter: Memorandum of misunderstanding

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On your front page report, you state that Burcote Wind had a memorandum of understanding with CS Wind, the implication being that because of that, their proposal should have been approved rather than the RES one.

Local opinion is that neither of these proposals is suitable for a scenic lowland glen like Barr Glen. Both were strongly opposed by local residents, but, as usual, the Scottish government ministers paid no heed to their opinions.

In granting permission for Blary Hill, they chose the less obtrusive one, which is how the decision should be reached, with no heed being paid to memorandums of understanding. Just because we have a wind tower manufacturer in Kintyre, it does not mean they have to be erected on the peninsula.

Kintyre relies heavily on tourism, by reason of its outstanding scenic natural beauty. When it becomes an industrial wind farm landscape, as is well on the way to happening, tourists will not come. What then becomes of the many local businesses reliant on tourism for their survival?

In the editorial’ column, on page six, it is stated: ‘There is an economic benefit where generation occurs.’ The main economic benefits from wind farms are reaped by the developers and landlords, often absentees, as in the case of Blary Hill, who ride roughshod over local residents in their pursuit of huge profits.

Those residents would be much happier to be allowed to retain the quality of their living environment.

Christine O’Hanlon,