Leader, August 21 2020

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A wasted asset

It is a shame that as wind farms continue to be built here in Kintyre, our very own purpose built wind tower factory reaps no benefit.

Wind farms are undoubtedly contentious, with people often strongly for or against local developments – many argue that Kintyre has more than its fair share of wind farms already – but, whatever your opinion, if they are to be built, could it not be a stipulation that locally sourced towers are used?

To have the wind farms feature in our landscape but benefit very little from their construction despite the UK’s only facility for manufacturing wind towers lying unused on our doorstep is a kick in the teeth.

MOK Fest goes galactic

It is amazing to see our very own Mull of Kintyre Music Festival rocket onto the world stage after a specially recorded version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity was broadcast to the International Space Station.

People from around the world have featured in the Courier’s coverage of previous festivals but now, with the festival’s recent world-wide publicity, perhaps more and more foreign visitors will be welcomed at future events.

For now, while coronavirus restrictions are in place, let’s sit back and enjoy the virtual festival atmosphere from the comfort of our homes this weekend.