We take so much for granted in a modern life and only have to look to yesterday for the helicopter crash of Shetlands too see how dangerous life can be. Thank God that all survived the ditching and hopefully the enquiry will get to the cause of such an accident. Getting oil and gas from such a hard wild place should never be taken for granted and we should remember those who work in such conditions. In my view the wealth that has been wasted from the oil and gas in the Seas offshore should have used to look to the future and not wasted by various governments. It was never an infinite resource and wee should have used some of this revenues to look at other alternative types of energy. We would not have some of the current problems we have today?
The press up in the North of Scotland has a daily piece about the Wind farm enquiry in the Mondadhliaths at Aviemore over the next few days. Many people have spoken to me about it and there are so many views. I am amazed how many are now opposed to them especially in the wild areas of natural beauty. People who are normally not outspoken (unlike me) have had enough and it is great too see many of the Outdoor Agencies working together. There is strength in numbers especially against huge companies who are making huge profits from the taxpayer? They employ clever councils with no expense spared, have we a chance? Please have a look at what is going on and the plans for the future especially the map of proposed wind farms for this great country! It is a frightening prospect.
The enquiry is still ongoing and the RWE Npower Renewables application is to build 31 125-metre turbines at Allt Duine in the Monadhliath mountains. Mrs Jill Moody DipTP MRTPI, an inquiry reporter, will conduct the process and report back to the Scottish Government. I do not eny her task at all. Anyone who previously objected or commented on the planning application will be able to give evidence and written objections will also be taken into account.
The Allt Duine proposal has proved more controversial than many wind farm applications because of its situation on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park and because of the number of other wind developments nearby. It is one of 11 developments (proposed or currently under construction) in this area. In January this year, Highland Council rejected the application, paving the way for the public inquiry and final decision which will be made by the Scottish Government. Hard times ahead I think, this will be an important decision for generations to come. I wonder what the outcome will be for the future?