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Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Thursday 16 October - ABO Wind UK and Eurowind withdraw wind farm proposals

Good news. Eurowind UK has withdrawn its application for the 17-turbine Nathro Hill wind farm on the Carseton Estate. The company did say however that "the decision will "allow more time to deepen and strengthen ongoing discussions over the community ownership element of the development" and it "fully expects to take the project forward at a later date". I'm skeptical about that.


In a second piece of good news, ABO Wind UK has withdrawn its application to erect five turbines
near Cnoc a' Bhreacaich near Ben Wyvis.

I'm not known for my optimism when it comes to opposing wind farm developments in Scotland but could the tide be turning? Maybe.

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    1. I'm just trying to be a bit more optimistic than usual. Probably just being silly though!!

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  2. Any good news is welcome, Gibson. I think the tide has turned; the question is whether the weight of public opinion/local democracy can win against slick PR and aggressive lobbying.

    Looking at the sheer weight of opposition on the Highland Council site, logic would say that the Glen Affric proposal has absolutely no chance. We'll see how it pans out.

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    1. Hi Dave

      If the Glen Affric proposal goes ahead then I doubt there is much hope for anywhere else.

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  3. At first glance this looks like good news, Gibson.
    However, there's a school of thought amongst the Scottish anti-wind farm groups that both applications are being withdrawn so that fresh applications can be made (without any of the old objections then counting) and "involving the community" means bribing them with income from a single turbine - as per Beinn Mor wind farm in Affric. These weasels will stop at nothing to trouser the subsidies.

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    1. Yes Alan, the only really good news is when the SG refuses an application although that's immediately followed by the question 'where now'? However, for once, I was trying to be optimistic but it didn't last long: an invitation from SSE to a meeting regarding the proposed extension to Green Knowes wind farm in the Ochils together with the proposal for twenty-five turbines near Dunning brought me back to earth with a bump.

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    2. I'm sorry for making you miserable old friend. I remember a few years back when I was bushy tailed about fighting off the wind farms in the Monadh Liath (even though I realised the game was up and calling my protest on the Dunmaglass a 'wake') you were honestly realistic with me. And you were right all along and it has taken me some time to come to the same conclusion.

      The Scottish Government (and Westminster, but to a lesser extent) are determined to ram through their energy "policy" (if you can call a fatuous attempt generate all their electricity from renewable sources a policy) will ram through as many wind farms as it takes. Anything given back to the protesters will be taken away three-fold by the government.

      Good luck fighting those wind farms, Gibson. Your own backyard is being trashed.
      :-(

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  4. A bloody shame.

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