The Scottish government has approved plans for a new 19-turbine wind farm in the Lammermuir Hills between East Lothian and the Scottish Borders. Economy Secretary Keith Brown granted consent for Community Windpower’s Aikengall IIa project. Scottish Borders Council and East Lothian Council both opposed the project due to its landscape impact. Mr Brown said it could generate community funds and support job creation and approved the scheme.
BBC 19th Oct 2016 read more »
Herald 19th Oct 2016 read more »
Public support for onshore windfarms is far higher than widely believed, according to a new opinion poll, even in rural areas. Wind turbines are also far more popular than fracking or nuclear power, contrasting with the UK government’s decision to block onshore windfarms but back shale gas exploration and new nuclear power plants. The ComRes poll, conducted for climate change charity 10:10, found that 73% of the British public supported onshore windfarms, with just 17% opposed, and the rest not sure. Strong support remained even when only considering the views of those from rural areas, who might live near windfarms: 65% support versus 25% against.
Guardian 20th Oct 2016 read more »