CONTROVERSIAL plans to build Scotland’s tallest wind turbine were approved by the Scottish Government despite opposition to the “noisy eyesore” from campaigners.
The 196-metre turbine will be erected 35 metres offshore offshore at Fife Energy Park in Methil by Samsung Heavy Industries which will use it to test cutting edge technology for offshore wind farms.
Ministers said the project, which is supported by £6million from Scottish Enterprise, was a major new development in the valuable renewables sector.
But while it was welcomed by environmentalists, protestors said the SNP’s decision showed “contempt” for communities who would be disturbed by noise
and would not benefit from any future jobs bonanza.
Linda Holt, spokeswoman for Scotland Against Spin, said: “Planting a 650-foot experimental wind turbine within a few 100 metres of one of Scotland’s historically most deprived communities is a recipe for disaster.
“Once again the government is championing the profits of the wind industry before its prime duty to protect its citizens. The turbine will create next to no sustainable jobs for locals, but it will be a disturbing eyesore for many Fifers as it will dominate the Forth coastline.”
WWF Scotland welcomed the latest support for Scotland’s offshore wind industry, which it is estimated could create 28,000 jobs and contribute over £7 billion to the economy by 2020.
WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said: “If we are to make these jobs a reality then it is important Scotland has the facilities to test offshore wind turbines and other components.”