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The Scottish Government will reject plans to build a 181-turbine wind farm on the Isle of Lewis, according to the BBC's Gaelic news service Radio nan Gaidheal. The £500m project, proposed by Lewis Wind Power, was approved in February 2007 by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) members, who voted 18 to eight in …


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Health Concerns

Wind turbines are unsuitable for use in the UK, since we are such a densely populated island. Those living in the vicinity of wind farms report these side-effects from the low pitched vibrations:

1) Sleep problems: noise or physical sensations of pulsation or pressure make it hard to go to sleep and cause frequent awakening.

2) Headaches which are increased in frequency or severity.

3) Dizziness, unsteadiness, and nausea.

4) Exhaustion, anxiety, anger, irritability, and depression.

5) Problems with concentration and learning.

6) Tinnitus


@Hands up who's seen a windfarm

*rasies hand* seen them being build (seen the nimbyisms that happened) seen them opperating seen them having to be turned off 9 days out of 10 for veroius reasions (too much wind too little wind too meny birds sun in the wrong place) and the whole wind farm and all the fuss replaced less them 1/10 of the test nuclar plant just down the road that keeped working and employed more pepol and took up less space


Why is someone always rattling the can about Scotlands healthcare bill?

Revenue raised by UK taxes. Total government receipts are forecast to be £516.4 billion in 2006–07

Scotland raises 12.8% of all UK taxes & that is £66 billion pounds

Scotland gets £8,623 per head (Barnett formula)

Scottish Population 5,062,011

PER HEAD x POPULATION = £43 billion pounds to run the country




Give them nukes instead then

If the people of scotland don't take the wind farms then they should end up getting nuclear power stations instead.

Gotta make the energy somehow. This is typical "not-in-my-backyard" nonsense. I bet the majority of people who wrote letters complaining are in favour of green renewable energy, just put it off the coast of Essex.

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"Environmentalists" seek to preserve solitude of their drinking dens?

Well, "dervheid," you'd better take your paraffin to Lewis with you, because bulk supplies of paraffin have been withdrawn from the market in the North of Scotland by BP, the only builk supplier from whose sea-going tankers all the other brands draw their supplies of petroleum products.

Short of buying extortionately-priced "lamp oil" it's a case of draining some 28 sec oil from the central heating tank of someone who's using that and adding a bit of something that will mask the smell.

The ugliest blight on the Highland landscape at the moment are the hideously-amaterurishly-lettered posters of the campaigners against pylons. Campaigners with such poor aesthetic judgement should be disregarded on aesthetic matters.

And as far as the matter of Barvas Moor is concerned, no, it's not all that low-lying, but it's an exceptionally bleak and unattractive area of desolation peppered by bohans -- illicit drinking huts. One can understand why objectors don't want their "peace" interrupted. I'm amazed no-one has commented on that point.

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fat lot of use they would be anyway

By Gavin Woods

Posted Wednesday 6th February 2008 21:22 GMT

A few facts you might not know about the proposed windfarm on Lewis.

The farm was to be built on one of the largest areas of peat in europe. The peat bog is a natural, renewable carbon sink absorbing huge amounts of co2 from the atmosphere.

In order to build the wind farms millions of tonnes of peat would be removed for concrete foundations. This would release large amounts of stored co2 into the air.

The cement to make the foundations would give off huge amounts of co2 during the curing process. Over 350 lorry movements per day would also contribute to the co2 footprint of this huge development not to mention the co2 involved in manufacture. Several of the studies now published actually quote a negative saving of CO2, i.e a net production of co2 for this scheme.

None of the electricity would be used on Lewis instead it is proposed to ship it off island to South of England. In the process 25% would be lost due to heat loss.

The islanders were overwhelmingly against this scheme with 88% voting against in local referenda and 5000 of the 25000 population writing to the Scottish Goverment in protest. They are however overwhemlingly in favour of small local schemes to produce energy to be used on Lewis.

Before you accuse us of being nimby's remember Lewis is an island. The amec development plus the others proposed would leave a 40 mile trail of the largest wind turbines in Eurpoe stretching from the North of Island to the South. The island would be completely dominated by these enormous structures most of which were to be built near residents houses and not as often thought on bog miles from anywhere. Unlike mainlanders the island residents would have no easy way of taking a break or getting relief from these huge machines. It currently costs over £200 to take a car and family off island or £150 per person to fly. The worry is that large numbers of islanders would sell up and leave.

The work argument also holds little sway. The Western Isles as a whole has a little over 500 unemployed. Very few of these are the skilled workers required for the construction of the scheme. So most workers would be brought in from the mainland for the three years it would take to build. Boom and bust?

Lewis has a fledgling tourist economy which is now growing at a healthy 7% per year. This is fed by our remotness, isolation and unspoilt beauty. Our tourism industry, fast becoming the lifeblood of our island, would be decimated and the compensation would be minimal. There is no good argument yet put forward for this scheme and as the Scottish Goverment said in it's letter to AMEC 'there are other more appropriate areas to build this project in Scotland." Lewis, a natural carbon sink, and the jewel in the crown of Scotlands Natural Heritage is definately not one of them.


As for the Barvas Moor

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Yes the Barvas Moor is a wild untamed place that many actually enjoy for that very same reason. As a consequence of it's remoteness large populations of protected spieces live on the Barvas Moor hence it's Natura 2000 designation. I have often seen Golden Eagles out hunting their patch. While fishermen from all over the world come to enjoy the peace and tranquility that can only rarely be found elswhere in the U.K. The bohans as you call them are 'sheilings' once used by shepherds and now mainly used by fishermen and the occasional peat cutter. Over the last twenty years most of the rowdy drunkeness has not come from the sheilings but from Stornoway. It has been caused by visiting labourers brought here for various ill fated industrial projects that attempt to bring heavy industry to an island 42 miles off the West Coast of Scotland.

Living on a remote Scottish Island is hard. Often due to inclement weather the ferry doesn't run and the supermarkets have little or nothing to sell. So many grow their own in rather unfavourable conditions. So why do we live here? We love our island, it's intense beauty and our way of life. If you want to save the planet don't use as much electricity and stop running around in your 4 by 4's. Maybe if we see you closing airports instead of building new runways we might be more inclined to ruin our island but until then keep your hands off our way of life. You ruined it once before clearing the highlands for rich landlords to graze their sheep we won't let you clear them again so you can fill them with wind turbines.



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