Wind factories

I know that the term “wind farm” will stick because it is short, but it is a good example of spin (appropriately). A wind “farm” has a reassuring rustic image – sheep baaing, lambs leaping, cattle mooing, lusty, bucolic labourers pursuing rosy-cheeked, coquettish milkmaids…

Surely a collection of three or more wind turbines should be designated a wind factory – for instance, the monstrosity visible from Perth to Aberfoyle at the Braes of Doune, which is audible from Ben Vorlich.

I was delighted to read in The Scotsman (31 July) that the SNP government refused the proposed wind factory in the Cairngorm area at Allt Duine because “the proposal would have a significant and unacceptable landscape and visual impact in the local areas, including the Cairngorms National Park”.

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Is it too much to hope that the same criterion will be applied to other proposals, often with deliberately innocent-sounding Gaelic names, in Glen Isla, Rannoch, the Loch of the Lowes, etc?

When will the SNP have the courage to admit that its energy policy is a disaster, as people better qualified than I have pointed out? Why should we allow the destruction of our scenery for the benefit of foreign investors and greedy land-owners?

I’m glad David Cameron is 
removing the subsidies early – it can’t be soon enough as far as I’m concerned.

When can we start removing unsightly wind factories, and who will pay for this?

Jack Greenway

The Esplanade

Broughty Ferry