Wind farm protestors turn out in force
They were appearing at the public session at the end of a public localinquiry into plans for two wind farms involving a total of 38 turbines,each between 125 and 140 metres high.
More than 80 people packed the villagehall which followed six days of evidence given at the hearing inCaithness Horizons in Thurso.
Objections ranged from the impact the developments at Limekiln and DrumHollistan would have on the landscape, rare birds and property values tonoise, shadow flicker and their perceived deterrent effect on tourism,and in particular the North Coast 500.
According to Reay Area Wind Farm Opposition Group, Caithness is alreadyat saturation point with turbines.
Resident David Craig said the Limekiln turbines are significantly largerthan any others in the area.
He said: “We are already feeling surrounded by turbines – and we are not uniquein that across the country – the ‘ring of steel’ has been reportedelsewhere.
“The views of the Reay community are quite clear – we do not want
Nature lover Eric Maughan said both wind farm sites border the EastHalladale Flows area, large parts of which are designated as a SpecialProtection Area due to their internationally important bird populations.
He said: “We should never allow what will be amongst the largest wind turbines tobe built anywhere in Scotland to be planted in this most picturesque oflandscapes.”
Theinquiry closed on Wednesday with site visits with Scottish Government reporters Andrew Fleming and Christopher Warren to submit their recommendations to Scottish Ministers in due course.