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It WAS interesting to read about the Gaelic names invented to hide wind farm projects (your report, 25 November).

The very least that should be required of wind farm developers is that the location of proposals be clearly identified, and that the nearest affected community is made aware of their intentions.

The approach now apparently being adopted by developers in using or inventing Gaelic labels to attach to their depredations on our increasingly abused landscapes might appeal to our First Minister, who once embarrassingly embraced Mel Gibson as the embodiment of William Wallace to bolster his tartan agenda, and who is apparently inclined to reinvent the whole of Scotland along those lines.

But to the more realistic among us, it should be seen for the window dressing it is.

In addition, to ascribe a location in plain English identifying it with one community but building it closer to another demonstrates that deviousness appears to be the embedded modus operandi of the renewables sector.

This has been the case in East Renfrewshire (in the process of being skewered by turbines of all sizes and now resembling an expansive pin cushion) where Neilston Community Wind Farm was dumped unceremoniously and without notification on the small picturesque neighbouring village of Uplawmoor, and only discovered by residents some six months after the planning application date. The wind farm is virtually invisible from Neilston at a distance of 3km but looms menacingly over Uplawmoor and is located only 750m from the nearest property. How gratifying to see it is on the list of problematic wind farms which will now be investigated in a Scottish Government study.

Aileen Jackson

Uplawmoor

Renfrewshire

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