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Caithness Windfarm Information Forum - CWIF -

From a supporter after the Stroupster windfarm decision in 2010:

I feel like another bit of us/Caithness has died. It's utterly incredible that this is progressing so far
and now so fast. Folks are going to wake up one day and say "who let this happen?"

CWIF can certainly stand proud and say
"we did our best and fought with everything we had and could think of".


Freswick Castle Photo: Ben MacGregor

If you care about preserving this beautiful area from the onward march of turbines,
please DONATE to show your support

CWIF is a member of the
World Council for Nature and
European Platform Against Windfarms

The maps on our Windfarm Maps page show the impact of turbines on Caithness and Sutherland

How to object to Current Proposals

The Accident Statistics now total over 1,500.
As stated on that page, we believe this to be the tip of the iceberg.
Why is the industry body so secretive on accidents?

Local Groups

Canisbay/John O'Groats

Limekiln, Reay

Spittal Hill





Wind turbine fires 'ten times more common than thought', experts warn

Full report

Renewable UK responds

Fires are a major cause of windfarm failure

Fire is a major cause of accidents

Fire risk 10 times higher than industry admits

Study points to fire-related wind turbine failures

Fire chief confirms potential fire danger of wind turbines



World Council for Nature - letter
15 July 2014
To the government of Denmark,
Allow me to bring your attention to several press releases by our organisation, the World Council for Nature.
Press releases that have been picked up by numerous news media around the world,
and which cast an unfavourable light on the Kingdom of Denmark.
Read the full letter




To continue to ignore the mounting evidence that living near industrial turbines can cause serious health issues
is no longer an issue. The denial from the wind industry and global governments smacks of the denial that
tobacco would damage the health of those who breathe in the toxic fumes. Eventually many sufferers
were vindicated and paid massive compensation claims.

Governments should, first and foremost, protect their citizens.

It is only a matter of time before compensation claims arise in our courts
from those adversely affected by wind turbines.

read the full Press Release




Live Newsfeed from National Wind Watch
(hover over items to see summary, click to see full link
or if Live Newsfeed fails click on link above for Scottish news)


Dougal Quixote's Blog


No Wind Turbines - facebook group

Wind Energy's Absurd - facebook group




All meetings of Highland Council are webcast live

and available later in the archive



South Planning Applications Committee

Meeting 10.30 am Tuesday 24 June

Item 6.2 Glen Kyllachy windfarm - recommended to Grant

deferred for a site visit 18 August before next meeting on 19 August




PUBLIC INQUIRY due for week beginning 25 August

Details on DPEA website

Further Environmental Information has been advertised with deadline to comment of 11 July.
Documents referred to can be found here listed as April 1014.



Cnoc Morail Windfarm Exhibition

3 and 4 September from 3pm to 8pm in Watten Village Hall

Developer's website



UNECE case set for 11 November

High Court Challenge to National Renewable Energy Plan

"… the ruling at UNECE was adopted formally into International Law that the EU was in breach,
when at their three yearly Treaty Conference on the 30th June 2014, the 47 countries which have ratified the Aarhus Convention adopted the below:"
Document 1 and Document 2



International Conference on Wind Turbine Noise

Monday 20 April to Thursday 23 April 2015
Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland





Recent Applications - See also Current Proposals and Maps



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.

The original 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:

Tressady windfarm - details on DPEA website

Lochend windfarm - details on DPEA website




click to enlarge

Highland Council looking for spaces in Caithness with too few turbines so more can be added

Read full document



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

Wind turbine project goes to public inquiry (Herald - 11 Jun 14)
Protest held against SSE's Strathy South wind farm (BBC News - 10 Jun 14)
Highland Council reject SSE windfarm application at Strathy South (Northern Times - 10 Jun 14)
RSPB step up efforts against Strathy South (Caithness Courier - 4 Jun 14)
Reducing size of SSE's Strathy South wind farm suggested (BBC News - 4 Jun 14)
John Gunn wins Strathy contract (John O'Groat Journal - 20 May 14)
Strathy windfarm benefit launched
(Northern Times - 2 Apr 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)



News Archive




In environmental justice, the wind still rides roughshod over the rules

"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?"


by Boris Johnson

"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 to
"Scotland, you're welcome to it!"


Sir Bernard Ingham

"They are no good when the wind doesn't blow and they are no good when the wind does blow.
What on earth is the point of them? They represent the most ridiculous waste of people's money."



Do they really expect us to believe them?

"The Scottish Government will only approve the right wind farm applications in the right places,
and applications that do not meet strict criteria are rejected. Our planning guidance for local authorities makes clear that developments must be carefully sited to mitigate and minimise impacts on local amenity.”

"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
"And once people have been enticed north, they can enjoy the peace and quiet and the slower gentler pace that a break here amidst our splendid landscape offers."
Endorsing Year of Natural Scotland in the Inverness Courier

Minister for Energy
"I'm delighted to launch these materials, developed with industry, planning authorities and stakeholders, which aim to make the planning process for wind developments go more smoothly for everyone involved."
Endorsing new Scottish Govt. guidance on wind planning applications


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."



Dangers from wind turbines to:

Communities - one turbine fire and another only days apart
Children in school
Weather forecasting
Underground pipelines
Marine life
Farm birds
Study: California Wind Power is the Worst For Wildlife
We have to kill eagles in order to save them
But all energy has costs, and the administration has had to accept the not-so-green sides of green energy as a means to an end


First there was a problem with Proven turbines
next blades are flying off Evoco turbines
then Eoltec turbines falling to bits

All these originally had MCS


Another turbine fire that could not be put out and set fire to burning brush
just as well it was not in industrial estate or near homes


Coldingham turbine collapses and Ardrossan turbine catches fire

Is this why Ardrossan turbine caught fire?

"As a standard precautionary measure, all Infinis staff vacate wind farms when wind speeds exceed
55 mph and therefore no one was present on site at the time of the incident,"
Infinis Energy press release
after Ardrossan
Why are the public not issued with similar warnings?

Is this why turbines fail?

Wind turbine blades fly off in storm

What happens to wind turbines in a storm


If windfarms are so safe, why this?

Yet still they site them near people and buildings - see below a turbine in Lowestoft.
Can that really be a gas holder below it?

photo courtesy of Mike Page



Community Benefit (courtesy Graham Lang)

"Where does Community Benefit come from? From the income of the wind farm.
Where does the income of the wind farm come from? From our electricity bills some of which subsidises wind.
Where does the Community Benefit come from? You and me."



from Think Scotland

Forgotten communities are left high and dry by wind farms
The hunt for Green October
Winds of Change
Debasing democracy the Salmond way
All at Sea: offshore wind farms will leave Scotland feeling blue
Forget school dinners, Pupils are now being fed propaganda
Modern Environmentalism; people would rather believe than know
See also "Climate Change Heretic" David Bellamy at Buckingham Palace
Opposing a wind farm application needs guts and guile
Wind Energy: Chalk It Up as a Loss



From the walls of the Scottish Parliament building:

The battle for conservation will go on endlessly.
It is part of the universal battle between right and wrong.

John Muir (1838-1914)

What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) "Inversnaid"





List of Scottish Protest Groups


Scottish Govt. list of decisions





Stronelairg windfarm

John Muir Trust calls for Public Inquiry (Grough - 10 Jun 14)
John Muir Trust condemns windfarm decision (Outdoorsmagic - 9 Jun 14)
SSE's Stronelairg wind farm near Fort Augustus approved (BBC News - 6 Jun 14)
Windfarm decision branded shameful (Highland News - 6 Jun 14)
Mountaineers dismay at Government approval (Grough - 6 Jun 14)

Letter - Windfarm risks acceptable? (Shetland Times - 13 Jul 14)

A wind turbine which towers over the links at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club has been switched off (NWW - 12 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)

SNH sets new windfarm rules (renews - 23 May 14) Details

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)

SNP's windfarm policy completely out of control (Scotsman - 12 April 14)
Leader - No need for national debate on windfarms (Scotsman - 12 April 14)
Letters - Democracy is being denied (Scotsman - 13 April 14)
Letters - Green Hype (Scotsman - 14 April 14)
Letters - Myth and Reality (Scotsman - 15 April 14)

The impact of windfarms (Shetland Times - 8 Apr 14)

Offshore windfarm plans going under spotlight (Press & Journal - 5 Apr 14)

Scottish Government commits to referencing wild land in new Scottish planning documents (JMT - 3 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)

Special investigation toxic windfarms (Sunday Post - 23 Mar 14)
Letter - windfarm fallout (Scotsman - 24 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)

The Scottish government has proposed increasing the separation distance between wind farms and local communities from
2km to 2.5km.
(BBC News - 14 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)



News Archive





Fire Risks

Full report
Wind turbine fires 'ten times more common than thought', experts warn (Telegraph - 17 Jul 14)
Renewable UK responds (Scottish Energy News - 17 Jul 14)
Fires are a major cause of windfarm failure (ClickGreen - 17 Jul 14)
Fire is a major cause of accidents (Quixote's last Stand - 17 Jul 14)
Fire risk 10 times higher than industry admits (Daily Mail - 17 Jul 14)
Study points to fire-related wind turbine failures (The Engineer - 21 Jul 14)
Fire chief confirms potential fire danger of wind turbines (Victorville Daily Press - 23 Jul 14)


Lady Clark

Court rules in Viking Energy's favour
Scottish judges give go-ahead
The Judgement
Donald Trump joins legal battle over Shetland windfarm
In environmental justice, the wind still rides roughshod over the rules
Date set for Viking windfarm appeal
Windfarms plan suffers legal setback
Sustainable Shetland claims victory
Government to appeal Viking ruling
Judge rules against Viking windfarm
Scottish government 'failed in nature obligations'
Sustainable Shetland ‘pleased’ as judge rules on Viking wind farm
The Judgement
A brief explanation of the Judge's decision
List of electricity licensees
List of companies applying for licence exemption
Glenmorie Windfarm Public Inquiry (link to all correspondence)
Comment by "Dougal Quixote"
Lord Stephen attacked over windfarm law change


BBC Bias

BBC Secrecy over "Green" agenda
The full story of BBC bias with the names revealed
Peter Sissons on BBC bias in 2011
The BBC's dirty little secret
BBC bias more worrying than Savile scandal


Paul Bloomer - Shetland artist


Judge rules against Viking windfarm (Shetland News - 24 Sep 13)
Scottish government 'failed in nature obligations' (BBC News - 24 Sep 13)
Sustainable Shetland ‘pleased’ as judge rules on Viking wind farm (Shetland Times - 24 Sep 13)
The full report

Judicial Review of Viking Windfarm delayed (Shetland Times - 31 Jan 13)
Judicial Review starts on Shetland (Shetland Times - 26 Jan 13)
Court grants protection on costs (Shetland News - 7 Dec 12)
Plans for two new windfarms (Shetland News - 6 Dec 12)
Legal challenge to Viking (Shetland News - 21 Jun 12)
The human impact (Shetland News - 26 Apr 12)
Funding Meeting collapses (Shetland Times - 16 Apr 12)
Battle far from over (Shetland News - 11 Apr 12)
Sustainable Shetland consider Judicial Review (Shetland Times 11 Apr 12)
Bribery (Shetland News - 10 Apr 12)
Bitterness and anger (Shetland Times - 5 Apr 12)
John Muir Trust (4 Apr 12)
RSPB disappointed (forArgyll - 4 Apr 12)
Local reaction (Shetland Times - 4 Apr 12)
Turning Shetland into one large windfarm (Shetland News - 4 Apr 12)
Auditors to investigate compensation liability (Shetland Times - 15 Dec 11)
Danger of Lerwick battery fire (Shetland Times - 25 Nov 11)
Viking windfarm to shrink (Shetland Times - 23 Nov 11)
Windfarms like graffiti (Shetland Times - 1 Nov 11)
Big and ugly things (Shetland Times - 18 Oct 11)
Shetland demands answers (Shetland News - 30 Sep 11)
Council members misled (Shetland News - 31 Aug 11)
No conflict of interest (Scotsman - 31 Aug 11)
Hundreds march against windfarm (Shetland News - 19 Feb 11)
Shetland Councillors
reported to Standards Commission (Shetland Times - 16 Dec 10)
over Council meeting (Shetland Times - 6 Dec 10)
RSPB maintain objection
(Shetland Times - 19 Nov 10)
Developer's questionable ethics
(Herald - 19 Nov 10)
Tavish Scott calls for referendum
(Shetland Times - 5 Nov 10)
One of the top ten places on earth to visit for unspoiled beauty (Shetland Times - 3 Nov 10)
Fewer turbines for Shetland but still too many (Press & Journal - 9 Oct 10)
Shameless tactics
(Shetland News - 26 Mar 10)
ASA bans developer's mailout
(Guardian - 11 Nov 09)
Windmills could kill 200,000 birds
(Shetland Times - 1 Oct 09)
Windfarm may still go ahead (Shetland Times - 5 Sep 09)
New hope for Shetland
(ClickGreen - 10 Aug 09)
lodges formal objection - windfarm will have negative effect (Shetland Times - 28 Jul 09)
Growing opposition
(Guardian - 28 Jul 09)
Windfarm may release more Co2 than it saves (Scotsman - 25 Jul 09)
RSPB object
(Press & Journal - 25 Jul 09)
John Muir Trust
lodges objection (Shetland Times - 22 Jul 09)
More on conflict of interest (Scotsman - 15 Jul 09)
Councillors cannot make recommendation due conflict of interest (Shetland Times - 12 Jul 09)
3,600 signature petition
handed to Council (Herald - 1 Jul 09)
reaches 3,500 (BBC - 10 Jun 09)
Call to extend consultation
(BBC - 2 Jun 09)
Shetland threatened by huge windfarm (Guardian - 20 May 09)


News Archive




Petition to Salmond and Ewing

"Stop the reckless siting of wind turbines in Scotland's scenic landscapes"

John Muir Trust Wild Land Campaign





Mapping Scotland's wildness and wild land - Consultation on Core Areas of Wild Land 2013 Map


Highland Wide Local Development Plan - Intention to Adopt


National Planning Framework 3 - Scottish Planning Policy Consultation



Deadline to respond Friday 17 January

Information Document


Consultation paper setting out proposals for a revised section on
'Sustainability and Planning' in Scottish Planning Policy

Closes 16 December


SNH Consultation on Core Areas of Wild Land 2013 Map

Closes 20 December


Planning Scotland's Seas Consultation

Consultation closes 13 November

See Current Proposals for details of Beatrice and Moray Firth offshore windfarms







Guidance on the Role of Councillors in Pre-Application Procedures


Review of Scottish Planning Policy

CWIF’s response commences:
"Scottish Ministers’ expectations are not being fulfilled but that is not necessarily the fault of Local Authorities. In respect of wind development, the Scottish Government has failed to provide a consistent lead in spatial policy and by frequently changing the guidelines for Local Authorities has created a situation whereby development which is clearly inappropriate is allowed. This is followed by an assessment of the present situation in Highland Council’s Planning Department which “is probably reflected across Scotland”.


House of Lords Private Member's Bill
Wind Turbines (Minimum Distance from Residential Premises) Bill
Sponsor: Lord Reay
Hansard report
Committee Stage t.b.a.

House of Commons Private Member's Bill
Onshore Wind Turbines (Proximity of Habitation) Bill

Sponsor: Chris Heaton-Harris
Hansard report
Second Reading delayed - no further date

Wind Farms - Distance from Housing
Report from House of Commons Library - 30 January 2012

Scottish Natural Heritage -
Siting and Designing Windfarms in the Landscape


Highland Council considers VisitScotland presentation on Highland Tourism
see Item 3. on the Agenda and other items of interest
This meeting is webcast

Highland Council Planning Policies and Guidance for onshore wind energy
Webcast of the meeting of the Planning, Environment and Development Committee 17 Nov 10

N.B. Item 10

Highland Council Special Landscape Area Citations

Highland Council Green Networks

Details of Beauly Denny PI and Decision
(this looks likely to affect windfarm planning)

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
see also:

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.




Caithness Windfarm Information Forum

At the CWIF AGM on 19th March 2014, it was resolved that CWIF as a membership organisation would be dissolved forthwith, and that the ownership and control of the website be transferred to its present webmaster, the former CWIF Secretary, who has developed it from its outset to the well used and referenced present day Information Forum. The CWIF name will be preserved and the website service will continue as normal.

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Stuart Young, Former Chair of CWIF


Duncansby Stacks - Photo: Ben MacGregor

CWIF is a member of the
World Council for Nature

Wind 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 advantage.

Buolfruich Windfarm from Scaraben - Photo: Ben MacGregor

Caithness 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.


The 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).

Photomontage by Stuart Young Visualisations

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