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Messaggioda Roxy » ven ago 31, 2007 9:46 pm

I post here a message I've got about an important problem : wind farm in a wonderful and wild place of scotland. Here the text

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Thu Aug 30, 2007 1:55 pm (PST)
Dear Everyone,

*Deadline tomorrow: 31st August 2007 - Please act now!
planning.inverness@highland.gov.uk<http://mail.lycos.com/Mail-bin/send_mail.form.cgi?TO=planning.inverness@highland.gov.uk>
(see letter below)*

If you have ever been fortunate to take a trip along the Monadhliath
Mountains, (Fort Augustus to Farr ) most people will appreciate that this
area must fall into the cateogory of one of Scotland's most beautiful
Highland areas. A jewel in the crown - an area of "high scenic" value. The
place is teaming with birds and wildlife.

The views are breath taking. This place boasts a 360 degree vista of
mountains. The RSPB Ruthven estate is also in the area.

Please give serious consideration to adapting the undernoted letter and
sending an objection to the Highland Council. I only learned about this
application on Saturday.

To develop this wild area is an outrage and when public money is being used,
people have every right to vote in favour or or against it. Wind
developers are also getting compensation over an above the ROC subsidies if
the developer cannot connect to the grid. Are developers now attacking wild
areas of Scotland safe in the knowledge they can't connect to the grid but
aware that they will get compensation from the public purse?

The area only has a few local people who are trying desperately to deal with
a large corporate company with deep pockets and the locals have no help from
the public purse. This is where you can help to save this beautiful place
full of wildlife. It costs nothing, just a few minutes of your time,
assuming you believe saving eagles and birds is worthwhile.

Please send or email your objection to save this unique wonderful place - it
is a chance to save the Eagles of the Monadhliaths. Will Scotland have an
eagles left at this rate?

The area is now under attack by wind farm developers. One development
proposed for the area is expected to be bigger than 3 times the size of the
City of London.

Corrigarth is under attack. Unbelievable but true. Development of this
area must be stopped at all costs.

*The deadline is 31st August 2007 for objections*. Grateful to all those
who act to save the eagles of Monadhliath Mountains; its ancient peat
bogs and abundance of wildlife.

Can people pass this onto mountaineering and hillwalking friends.

Thank you.

Sylvia.
PS If anyone ever wishes to take their 'other half' on a wonderful trip or
visit Scotland then this area is a must, I'd strongly recommend it. Lots
of birds are in the area. Great eateries too... full of Highland
hospitality.

*LETTER*
planning.inverness@highland.gov.uk<http://mail.lycos.com/Mail-bin/send_mail.form.cgi?TO=planning.inverness@highland.gov.uk>

Planning & Building Standards Manager

Highland Council

1 – 3 Church Street

Inverness

IV1 1DY

Dear Sir,

* *

*Proposed Erection of 20 Wind Turbine Generators on land at Corriegarth
Estate, Gorthleck*

*by North British Windpower Ltd (07/00673/FULIN)*

*Basis of objection*

Boleskine Environmental Network objects to this proposal on general and
specific grounds. We do not believe that the damaging impacts of wind
turbine development on exceptionally valuable Scottish and Highland natural
environments can be justified by the minimal contributions they could make
to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The Corriegarth proposal
reflects a perverse emphasis on environmentally detrimental, economically
inefficient supply-side developments and a corresponding neglect of
potentially more effective and more socially equitable measures for reducing
demand for energy.

*General objections*

*1.* *Wind generated power is expensive and inefficient *. Critics of
current government 'renewables' policies include OFGEM, the National Audit
office, the Carbon Trust and the European Commission. According to OFGEM,
these policies 'cost business and domestic consumers much more than other
carbon abatement measures' and have failed to encourage development of more
effective technologies. OFGEM also demands a 'more rigorous assessment of
alternatives'. The National Audit Office has described wind factories as
the most expensive way to fund reductions in CO2 emissions.

*2.* *Proposals for such inefficient and environmentally damaging projects
are being actively considered by planning authorities despite their failure
to meet official targets for energy conservation *laid down by the *Home
Energy Conservation Act 1997*. Highland Council is reported to have
achieved less than one sixth of its energy conservation target for 2006
(FOE/ACE). Yet energy conservation measures in homes and businesses have
demonstrable potential to reduce carbon emissions by very substantial
amounts. They also have far greater potential for creating local
employment and could significantly mitigate the unacceptably high levels of fuel poverty in Scotland (estimated by the Scottish Executive in 2003 as
affecting more than a quarter of a million households).

*3.* *The impact is Highland wide*. Consideration of applications for wind
factories by planning authorities is on a case-by-case basis, according to
criteria that are predominantly local in character. Visual intrusion, for
instance, is assessed from particular viewpoints and the result often takes
the form of marginal adjustments to the numbers, design or distribution of
turbines. This approach neglects an important principle; that the
exceptional value of Highland environments is recognised nationally and
globally. Such recognition, and all that it implies in terms of landscape
and wildlife conservation, income and employment, relates to large regions
and to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland as a whole. Environmental
benefits and detriments are holistic rather than localised, a principle
recognised globally through the establishment of national parks. The
prevailing view seems to be that the natural environment can be conceived
of, and treated as, a collection of discrete units to which planning
criteria may be applied discretely. This is patently not the case with the
conservation of biodiversity, which requires the protection of large areas
of unspoiled or relatively unspoiled land.

*Specific objections to the Corriegarth proposal*

The main headings of the developer's Environmental Impact Assessment to
which we object are as follows:

* *

*Planning policy*

* *

According to the developers, this proposal is consistent with Highland
Council planning policy for renewables. As mentioned, above, *we regard
current policy as detrimental to the natural environment, detrimental to the
tourist economy and socially inequitable.*

*Connection to the grid*

An environmental impact study should also include the connection to the
grid, as recommended by Andrew Brown, Highland Council Planning Dept. The
developer has failed to include this in the EIA.

*Landscape and visual amenity*

We dispute the developer's claim that the project 'would have an
uncharacteristically limited visual impact'. Each of the 20 turbines would
be 120 metres or 394 feet tall. This is just 10 feet lower than the UK's
tallest cathedral, Salisbury, at 404 feet. In addition, the location is at
a very high altitude (up to 690 metres), which would mean that turbines
would be increasingly visually intrusive as an observer gained height. *This
also means that the height of the highest turbine will be 810 metres, the
same height as the adjacent Corbett of Carn na Saobhaidhe and considerably
higher than the surrounding hills of Beinn Mheadhoin (555m), Beinn Bhuraich
(780m) and Carn Fliuch-bhaid (656m). *The claim that there would be only
limited visual impact from 'main transport routes' and settlements in the
area itself reflects a very limited concept of landscape values,
particularly in an area that attracts visitors because of its relatively
wild and unspoiled character. In our view, this development would be
grossly out of scale and character with the hills and moorlands of the
district. And,* cumulatively with Dunmaglass and other wind factory
developments, it presents a hugely significant impact adjacent to the Wild
Land Search area of the Monadhliath Mountains *– recognised in the Inverness
Local Plan as the largest wild land area in the Highlands.

*Ecology and birds*

*The developer's claim that the impact of the development on habitats and
species such as moorland, songbirds, raptors and waders would be of
'negligible significance' is absurd. *In addition to borrow pits and the
disturbance of peat (itself a carbon sink) involved in digging foundations
for turbines, more than 24 kilometres of new and upgraded roads are
proposed.

*Golden Eagles*

*We are particularly concerned about the developer's bland assertion that
the collision of one golden eagle with a turbine every three years amounts
only to an effect 'of moderate significance' *. The eagle population is
depleted and it continues to be persecuted. Consequently, the death of an
immature bird every three years must be of considerable significance. In
addition, *the proposition that eagles will be (permanently?) attracted away
from the wind factory by feeding them carcasses elsewhere is untestable *and,
in any case, must raise doubts about the long-term dependability of
monitoring procedures. *The second Habitat Management proposal of creating
scrub at high altitude is also unrealistic *as fencing at these locations
will be visually intrusive and pose a collision risk to grouse. While to
plant or regenerate without fencing will fail due to the high browsing
pressure of deer and livestock.

*Traffic and transport*

* *

*The development would increase the already heavy burden of industrial
traffic on the B851 and B862* . Two deaths of employees on the nearby River
E hydro-electricity generating scheme and a number of less serious accidents
have already occurred. Many of these accidents are unreported because no
injuries have occurred and therefore do not appear on the EIA statistics. It
is also worth pointing out that many of the construction vehicles for the
Glendoe Hydro-electric scheme use the B862 from Inverness as access despite
planning conditions to the contrary. Signs etc are ineffective in
preventing this.

*Socio economics*

* *

*a. Tourism*

* *

The developer asserts that 'the project is not expected to have adverse
economic, tourism or recreational effects'. We dispute this. *A
significant but unquantified proportion of visitors to this area, as to the
Highlands as a whole, are attracted by the wild and open character of the
countryside *despite northern Scotland's characteristically poor weather and
the expense of travelling to these destinations. Visual intrusion of wind
factories from a few selected viewpoints is likely to be beside the point
for such visitors, whose appreciation of the Monadhliath landscapes is
holistic.

*b. Employment*

The developer also makes the contradictory assertions that the proposed wind
factory will have no long term effects on local populations, services or
employment AND that the proposed Corriegarth community fund would help to
generate employment and tourism. *We believe that a general programme of
energy conservation measures, in addition to outstripping any contribution
to reductions in carbon emissions by wind factories would generate
substantial local employment *and would not pose a threat to tourism or to
the natural environment. It would also address Scotland's uniquely bad
record of fuel poverty.

c. *Community Benefit Fund*

* *

*We object to the proposed fund on the ground that it is socially
inequitable* because it simply represents an arbitrary reallocation of funds
by the developer from one sector of the population to another which happens
to be in the vicinity of a wind factory. The government Energy White Paper
of 2003 (s. 4.7), states explicitly that consumers in general pay the costs
of these and similar developments through their electricity bills. However,
'community benefits' are conferred selectively according to the commercial
interests of developers. We regard this as a morally deplorable situation,
particularly in an industry that is supposed to be regulated in the
interests of consumers generally.

Yours sincerely,

(Remove the undernoted )

Ken Brown

Chair, Boleskine Environmental Network

*(Boleskine Environmental Network (BEN) is a local organisation made up of
residents with an environmental interest who live on the south side of Loch
Ness within the Stratherrick and Foyers Community Council area)** *

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Messaggioda Giovanna » ven ago 31, 2007 10:34 pm

Grazie, Roxy, è importante.
C'era già stato un appello-denuncia di Guido Aijkens su questo tema l'anno scorso, se non ricordo male.
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Messaggioda Roxy » ven ago 31, 2007 11:16 pm

si e stanno continuando nonostante ci siano prove certe di quanti animali vengono messi in pericolo e ci siano cosi' tanti motivi per minimo porsi il dubbio se e' il caso ......
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Messaggioda Giovanna » lun set 03, 2007 11:53 am

Ho ricevuto questa risposta.

Your message

To: Planning - Inverness
Subject: Proposed Erection of 20 Wind Turbine Generators on land at
Corriegarth
Sent: Mon, 3 Sep 2007 11:46:29 +0100

was read on Mon, 3 Sep 2007 11:49:57 +0100


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Messaggioda Roxy » lun set 03, 2007 3:58 pm

io non ho ricevuto niente... controllo se mi e' arrivata risposta a casa perche' hotmail non la apro dall'ufficio, ma fino a ieri zero...
la risposta in qualche modo mi sembra incompresibile!
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Messaggioda Giovanna » lun set 03, 2007 8:49 pm

Infatti... non ci capisco niente. :(
Già qualcosa che abbiano aperto la mia mail.
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