Windfarm Information Forum - CWIF -
From a supporter after the Stroupster windfarm decision in 2010:
feel like another bit of us/Caithness has died. It's utterly incredible
that this is progressing so far
can certainly stand proud and say
If you care about preserving
this beautiful area from the onward march of turbines,
The maps on our Windfarm Maps page show the impact of turbines on Caithness and Sutherland
How to object to Current Proposals
Council for Nature - letter
IMPORTANT PRESS RELEASE RE. HEALTH EFFECTS OF WINDFARMS
to ignore the mounting evidence that living near industrial turbines
can cause serious health issues
Governments should, first and foremost, protect their citizens.
is only a matter of time before compensation claims arise in our courts
Newsfeed from National Wind Watch
UNECE case set for 11 November
"… the ruling
at UNECE was adopted formally into International Law that the EU was
20 April to Thursday 23 April 2015
BAD A CHEO WINDFARM
Following the public row
about the Reporter's Decision
(see Condition 25) to move the war memorial by Bad a Cheo windfarm,
the developers have applied to Highland Council to have this condition
removed - see application.
application was refused by the Council, appealed by the developer
and subsequently consented by the Reporter. We believe the turbines
should be moved or removed, not the memorial.
Following refusal by Highland Council developers are appealing:
Highland Council looking for spaces in Caithness with too few turbines so more can be added
Message from the Limekiln windfarm opposition group - RAWOG
The Limekiln wind farm proposal is to go to a Public Inquiry from 25 August at the Weigh Inn, Thurso.
RAWOG intends to take an active role in the Inquiry by employing professional representation to help with our case against the Limekiln development, and to put the opinions of the local community to the Inquiry Reporters. To do this we need to raise a considerable amount of money and hope that you can help us by making a monetary donation of whatever size. Donations can be made through our website or email for details of payment by cash or cheque.
Thank you in advance for any help you can give.
Strathy South windfarm
turbine project goes to public inquiry (Herald - 11 Jun 14)
Stroupster turbines going through Wick (John O'Groat Journal - 2 Jul 14)
Tressady windfarm to be appealed (Northern Times - 22 Apr 14)
Bird charity may fight massive windfarm plan in Moray Firth (Press & Journal - 24 Mar 14)
Electricity cable stolen from windfarm (John O'Groat Journal - 10 Mar 14)
Lyth windfarm rejection to be appealed (John O'Groat Journal - 5 Mar 14)
Ballot to be held on Spittal Hill Windfarm (John O'Groat Journal - 2 Mar 14)
SSE drops windfarm plans (Telegraph - 24 Feb 14)
Controversial turbine in national scenic area approved (Herald - 19 Feb 14)
Victory for opponents as Tressady Wind Farm application is turned down (Northern Times - 18 Feb 14)
Beatrice proposal to be reviewed (Construction Index - 24 Jan 14)
Council to visit Tressady windfarm site (Scotsman - 14 Jan 14)
Windfarm firm accused of attempt to sway planning bid with cash payments (Herald - 6 Jan 14)
"There is a feeling that wind seems to be exempt from the normal rules. If I were to erect a structure 140 metres high, doubling the height above sea level of the hills alongside the valley of the Stinchar in Ayrshire, for example, there would rightly be an outcry. If I were to kill hundreds of birds of prey every year, there would be outrage. If I were to kill thousands of bats, I would go to jail. How can it be that the wind industry uniquely is allowed to ride roughshod over the environmental rules that protect the rest of us from anyone spoiling the view, killing eagles and pouring concrete into peatland?"
"It is a good 20 years since I last drove all the way to Scotland, and in the interim something unbelievable has been done - in our name - to our green, pleasant and precious countryside," he said.
"I mean the windmills, the turbines - whatever they are called. I mean the things that look like some hideous Venusian invasion, marching over the moors and destroying the dales; the colossal seaside toys plonked erratically across our ancient landscape; the endless parade of waving white-armed old lunatics, gesticulating feebly at each other across the fields and the glens.
"They seemed to be everywhere, and I asked myself, when were we consulted? Was there a referendum? Did someone ever warn the British people that these moaning seagull slicers were going to be erected on some of the most sensational scenery that God ever called into being?"
From James Lovelock - originator of the Gaia theory
"I am an environmentalist and founder member of the Greens but I bow my head in shame at the thought that our original good intentions should have been so misunderstood.
"We never intended a fundamentalist Green movement that rejected all energy sources other than renewable, nor did we expect the Greens to cast aside our priceless ecological heritage because of their failure to understand that the needs of the Earth are not separable from human needs. We need to take care that the spinning windmills do not become like the statues on Easter Island, monuments of a failed civilization."
from "Out and about with Ralph" (Caithness Courier - 25 Jan 12)
The hills have been turned into a man-made industrial estate, covered in gigantic white turning monsters totally destroying any visage of remoteness. Yes, they shout at you, man is master of nature and we mean to show it. Well, any nation which can do this to its landscape loses any right to complain about anything else anyone else does, be it rain-forest removal, strip mining, whaling, deep-sea drilling... this is environmental desecration, destruction and degradation of the worst order.
If I lived in England and saw this
advert for arrogance when travelling north I would most certainly speak
out in favour of Scottish independence... as in the film, "The Last
Great Wilderness", where the Welcome to Scotland sign has been altered
Sir Bernard Ingham
"They are no good when the wind
doesn't blow and they are no good when the wind does blow.
Do they really expect us to believe them?
"The Scottish Government will
only approve the right wind farm applications in the right places,
"The Scottish Government will only allow windfarms to be built where the impacts have been found to be acceptable - and unsuitable applications are rejected."
"While Ministers believe it is right to make the most of the opportunities that are offered by our abundant natural energy resources, this must be done in a way that protects the environment and takes account of the views of local communities."
“While we value the contribution well-sited windfarms can make, the Scottish Government is committed to protecting Scotland’s landscape and natural beauty and agree that windfarms should not be built without careful consideration of their potential impact on the environment before any decision is made on whether they should be given the go-ahead.”
"Every application for wind farm development is assessed against local development plan policy and on its merits, taking into account the views of statutory consultees, interested parties, local communities and the public. Unsuitable applications are rejected."
"Scotland has astounding green energy potential and vast natural resources, with a quarter of Europe's offshore wind potential, and we have a responsibility to ensure our nation seizes this opportunity to create tens of thousands of new jobs and secure billions of pounds of investment in our economy. However, any development will be undertaken in a sustainable and informed manner."
"The Scottish Government wants to see the right developments in the right places, and Scottish planning policy is clear that the design and location of any wind farm should reflect the scale and character of the landscape, as well as being considered environmentally acceptable."
"Scottish planning policy is clear that the design and location of any wind farm should reflect the scale and character of the landscape and should be considered environmentally acceptable."
Ewing's two hats:
Minister for Tourism
Minister for Energy
Rob Gibson MSP looking two ways:
One way: "Peatlands are vital to the climate change imperative which we now face as they lock away carbon," explained the MSP. "In effect, they are natural carbon sinks - if they dry out and are damaged then they release more carbon into the atmosphere. So to restore those that have been blocked up or dried out will help the environment by reducing the amount of carbon in the country."
The other way: "Gibson argues the Scottish Government faces obstacles domestically as well. Many councils have failed to grasp the nettle on renewables and have allowed nimbyism to take hold of local decision-making. "I'm particularly concerned about the issues that were raised in the Energy Committee's report about our planning system," he says. "It's not going with the thrust of government policy in many council areas, where onshore wind farms in particular don't just fall prey to gross misinformation from objectors - gross misinformation - but also councils that are not prepared to face up to their climate change responsibilities."
Has he been to Camster lately or any of the other sites where peat has been destroyed by windfarms?
Quote from Ewing:
"Scotland, under the SNP, will not, does not and cannot rely on renewable energy alone. It will be part of a mix - a balanced mix." The minister said some people might be under the impression that the Nationalists' plan was for "all our lights to be kept on by renewables". He added: "Plainly this is absurd. It's not true and it's important for me to state that this is the case."
from wind turbines to:
turbine fire and another
only days apart
All these originally had MCS
turbine fire that could not be put out and set fire to burning brush
"As a standard precautionary
measure, all Infinis staff vacate wind farms when wind speeds exceed
Community Benefit (courtesy Graham Lang)
"Where does Community
Benefit come from? From the income of the wind farm.
from Think Scotland
communities are left high and dry by wind farms
From the walls of the Scottish Parliament building:
The battle for conservation
will go on endlessly.
What would the world
be, once bereft
Letter - Windfarm risks acceptable? (Shetland Times - 13 Jul 14)
Energy crisis warning after power imported from England (Herald - 12 Jul 14)
Chinese ship in Cromarty Firth for wind farm work (BBC News - 10 Jul 14)
Businessman's fury over windfarm sponsorship (Southern Reporter - 10 Jul 14)
Another 21-turbine proposal in West Lothian (Daily Record - 8 Jul 14)
MCofS opposes Rannoch windfarm proposal (Outdoorsmagic - 8 Jul 14)
Court rules in Viking Energy's favour (Shetland News - 9 Jul 14)
Scottish judges give go-ahead (Shetland Times - 9 Jul 14)
What would John Muir make of windfarms? (Scotsman - 7 Jul 14)
Wind turbine plan near Loch Doon faces opposition (Herald - 4 Jul 14)
First sea eagle to be killed by wind turbine (Fife Today - 24 Jun 14)
SNP prevents Council from imposing ban on more windfarms (Telegraph - 23 Jun 14)
Inquiry over teen who fell 100ft down turbine (Scotsman - 23 Jun 14)
Legal bid to silence asbo windfarm is shelved (P&J via NWW - 21 Jun 14)
Councillor calls for end to windfarm approval (The Extra - 20 Jun 14)
Borders network of conservation groups - new group set up (Southern Reporter - 13 Jun 14)
Call for halt to all new windfarm projects (Sunday Post - 8 Jun 14)
Council tells Holyrood hands off our windfarm decisions (NWW - 7 Jun 14)
Muirhall windfarm extension opening (Carluke Gazette - 6 Jun 14)
BT signs £300m Fallago Rig wind farm energy deal (BBC News - 4 Jun 14)
More windfarms could lead to blackouts (Express - 29 May 14)
Controversial windfarm refused (Herald - 29 May 14)
Warning of blackouts from grid overload (Press & Journal - 28 May 14)
Peace at last for family after long court battle (Scottish Daily Mail via NWW - 25 May 14)
Sea eagles under threat (Herald - 25 May 14)
Floating offshore windfarm (Mearns leader - 23 May 14)
Minister approves 26 turbine windfarm (Herald - 22 May 14)
Mountaineers say windfarm would affect Glen Affric (Grough Magazine - 22 May 14)
Anti-windfarm party folds (Northern Times - 19 May 14)
MSP questions role of windfarms in Highland blackout (Scottish Energy News - 19 May 14)
More brainwashing children (Ross-shire Journal - 15 May 14)
Protect Scottish sea birds from deadly windfarms (Scotsman - 15 May 14)
Ecotricity rescues Evance (makers of Highland school turbines) from administration (Business Green - 14 May 14)
Scotland to unveil new windfarm guide to protect birds (Clean Technology - 13 May 14)
The difficulty of making money from wind-generated electricity (Scottish Energy News - 12 May)
That blackout (Bishop Hill blog - 12 May 14)
John Swinney misled Parliament (Scottish Independent - 12 May 14)
Fife councillors asked to back offshore windfarm (Courier - 6 May 14)
Buckie to cash in as deal signed for major windfarm (Press & Journal - 3 May 14)
Windfarm spread harms tourism (Caledonian Mercury - 2 May 14)
Windfarm backing not a neighbourly act (Herald - 2 May 14)
Give councils the final say (Press & Journal via NWW - 25 Apr 14)
Backing for windfarm that will push up bills (Scotsman - 24 Apr 14)
Were turbines behind power cut (Press & Journal via NWW - 22 Apr 14)
Kintyre windfarm a disastrous blow for many (Herald - 21 Apr 14)
MSP wants blackout enquiry (Press & Journal via NWW - 19 Apr 14)
Plans for Perthshire windfarm classroom backed (Courier - 19 Apr 14)
Vast majority oppose Barmoor windfarm (Berwick Advertiser - 18 Apr 14)
UFO windfarms coming soon to Scottish skies (Scotsman - 17 Apr 14)
Wind turbines planned for Glasgow (Daily Record - 17 Apr 14)
We'd need 12,000 more turbines to keep lights on (Sunday Post - 13 Apr 14)
windfarm policy completely out of control (Scotsman - 12 April
The impact of windfarms (Shetland Times - 8 Apr 14)
Offshore windfarm plans going under spotlight (Press & Journal - 5 Apr 14)
Individuals buy £3m of shares in co-operative windfarms (Herald - 1 Apr 14)
Buchan windfarm deemed too noisy gets ASBO (Scotsman - 1 Apr 14)
Turbine numbers could rise 10 fold (Sunday Post - 30 Mar 14)
Nathro developer accuses Angus Council of unofficial ban (Courier - 29 Mar 14)
50 community councils demand windfarm moratorium (Galloway Gazette - 25 Mar 14)
Watchdog damns top Tory's windfarm (Herald - 23 Mar 14)
Rural alliance in row over windfarms (Herald - 23 Mar 14)
Windfarms ruining Scotland for visitors says new poll (Daily Mail - 18 Mar 14)
Windfarm mania costs £1m a day (Express - 17 Mar 14)
Survey shows windfarms are damaging Scottish mountain tourism (Galloway Gazette - 17 Mar 14)
Salmond's great windfarm rip-off (Sunday Post - 16 Mar 14)
Ministry of Defence launches windfarm Court fight (Scotsman - 15 Mar 14)
Cable predicts decision on wind turbine makers (Scotsman - 14 Mar 14)
Windfarm developers shun contribution to Highlands cashpot (Strathspey Herald - 10 Mar 14)
How top Tory's windfarm goldmine could spell ruin for local constituents (Herald - 9 Mar 14)
Energy expert delivers blow to Alex Salmond windpower hopes (Express - 8 Mar 14)
Energy giants oppose windfarm wild land ban (Telegraph - 5 Mar 14)
Silent school turbine sees residents appeal over noise (Leader - 3 Mar 14)
ABO signs up for 3D windfarm image app (Scotsman - 2 Mar 14)
Tralorg windfarm gets green light (Carrick Gazette - 2 Mar 14)
Moray Council refuse Cairn Duhie (Northern Scot - 28 Feb 14)
Ramblers back Monadhliath group's opposition to Allt Duine (Grough Magazine - 27 Feb 14)
Shetland windfarm warning (Shetland Times - 27 Feb 14)
UKIP adviser branded hypocrite after striking windfarm deals (Herald - 23 Feb 14)
Donald Trump buys Irish golf resort after losing Scotland court battle (Guardian -11 Feb 14)
Donald Trump trumped over offshore windfarm (Business Green - 11 Feb 14)
Windfarms blamed for wild land destruction (Herald - 8 Feb 14)
Windfarm plans a no-brainer for Harris community (Herald - 7 Feb 14)
Cairngorms turbine plan a windfarm too far (Scotsman - 7 Feb 14)
Letters - blow for tourism (Scotsman - 5 Feb 14)
SSE ordered to tackle 'problem hum' at Beauly substation (BBC News - 5 Feb 14)
Opposition mounts to Rannoch Moor windfarm (MCofS - 5 Feb 14)
Shock as Historic Scotland shrugs off windfarm plans (Press & Journal - 3 Feb 14)
Cairngorms bosses 'no objection' to plans for two new wind farms (STV News - 3 Feb 14)
Ryder cup fans will be shocked by windfarms at Gleneagles (Courier - 3 Feb 14)
Ben under attack say objectors (Ross-shire Journal - 2 Feb 14)
E.On wants to build 19 turbines near Carsphairn (Daily Record - 31 Jan 14)
Scotland's offshore windfarms investment halved (Scotsman - 28 Jan 14)
Backlash grows over church's windfarm role (Southern Reporter - 26 Jan 14)
Letters - windfarm facts (Scotsman - 25 Jan 14)
Unacceptable Ben Wyvis windfarm plan blasted (Scotsman - 23 Jan 14)
Windfarm near Loch Ness gets go-ahead (Scotsman - 17 Jan 14)
Sinister letters sent to windfarm critics (Express - 15 Jan 14)
Turbine blades destined for landfill (Scotsman - 15 Jan 14)
Planned offshore Angus windfarm twice as big as Dundee (Evening Telegraph - 14 Jan 14)
Windfarm plans lodged for Dingwall (Ross-shire Journal - 13 Jan 14)
Wind turbine blades could be buried at end of life (Evening Express - 13 Jan 14)
Protest meeting against windfarm near Glen Affric (Inverness Courier - 9 Jan 14)
Wind farms 'will be paid billions to switch off' (The Times - 8 Jan 14)
Edge of Cairngorms national park no place for a windfarm (Independent - 6 Jan 14)
Council fears windfarm's impact on Bell Rock lighthouse has been understated (Courier - 3 Jan 14)
Government urged to throw out two windfarm plans (Herald - 3 Jan 14)
Millions of trees chopped down to make way for windfarms (Telegraph - 2 Jan 14)
rules in Viking Energy's favour
rules against Viking windfarm (Shetland
News - 24 Sep 13)
Review of Viking Windfarm delayed (Shetland Times - 31 Jan 13)
Petition to Salmond and Ewing
Highland Wide Local Development Plan - Intention to Adopt
SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION ON COMMUNITY BENEFIT
Deadline to respond Friday 17 January
Closes 16 December
Closes 20 December
Consultation closes 13 November
See Current Proposals for details of Beatrice and Moray Firth offshore windfarms
House of Lords Private Member's Bill
House of Commons Private Member's
Highland Council Planning Policies
and Guidance for onshore wind energy
Highland Council Special Landscape Area Citations
Highland Council Green Networks
of Beauly Denny PI and Decision
Windfarms - Distance from Housing (House of Commons Library - 8 Jan 10)
A Guide to the Planning System in Scotland (3 Aug 09)
Climate Change (Scotland) Bill granted Royal Assent (5 Aug 09)
Scottish Government Renewables Action Plan (1 Jul 09)
Scottish Government National
Planning Framework 2 now published
document - draft Overarching National Policy Statement for Energy
Separation Distances - Important clarification from the Scottish Government
Scottish Planning Policy 6 (SPP6) eases the passage of windfarm applications through the system by opening up opportunities which were formerly no-go areas. Determining Authorities are under pressure to meet Scottish Government targets and these targets are being given priority over the lives of ordinary people unfortunate enough to live close to a windfarm proposal. SPP6 contains important but neglected Guidance under "Communities" in Annex A on proximity of windfarms to dwellings and on residential amenity.
CWIF is a member of the networking organisation Stop Highland Windfarms Campaign (SHWC). SHWC wrote to Mr Jim Mather, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism and asked for clarification. As a result, in a letter to SHWC, the Directorate for the Built Environment has now clarified the proximity issue and reaffirmed the terms of SPP6 in respect of residential amenity. The correspondence was also sent to the Director of Planning & Development at Highland Council.
The relevant paragraph says this: "The 2km separation distance is intended to recognise that, in relation to local communities, visual impacts are likely to be a prominent feature and this should be taken into account when identifying the most suitable search areas. However, impacts will clearly vary considerably depending on the scale of projects and the proposed location. That is why SPP6 confirms that, in all instances, proposals should not be permitted if they would have a significant long term detrimental impact on the amenity of people living nearby. This principle applies to houses within and outwith 2km of the proposed development and regardless of whether they are single dwellings or part of a settlement."
Click here to read the questions and answers in full.
It is to be hoped that Determining Authorities will implement this Guidance with immediate effect.
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energy cannot provide what is known as "base load", therefore it cannot
replace any of the secure supplies currently available. Proliferation
of wind turbines severely degrades our local environment for no perceptible
Windfarm Information Forum wants to see responsible
Local and National energy policies which combine reliable, controllable
and predictable low carbon energy supplies with adequate protection of
our fragile environment, countryside and communities.
montage below compares the Test & Trials Facility at Janetstown (27m
high), Dunnet Church (12m high), a proposed Strathy North Turbine (110m
high), and an existing Forss turbine (78m high).