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In ALL the furore over Donald Trump’s visit, one thing is certain: both the greens and the government consider him a dangerous opponent of much of the mythology they have constructed over wind farms.

However, one thing about turbines is becoming more certain: their effect on human health. The British Medical Journal, one of our two foremost medical publications, this week published a peer-reviewed article indicating that wind turbine noise seems to affect health adversely and requesting an independent review of evidence.

A large body of evidence it considers now exists to suggest that wind turbines disturb sleep and impair health at distances and external noise levels that are permitted in the UK. Currently those living within two kilometres of turbines seem most at risk, mainly from low frequency noise.

It is not at all surprising; wind turbine technology has been rushed through without the necessary many years of testing all aspects including health.

No wonder published and peer-reviewed studies of upland wind farms made by Scottish Natural Heritage, RSPB and even government members found the great majority of birds stayed well away from the wind farm area. Low frequency noise may well be the answer there.

Industry in cahoots with Scottish politicians has connived in an unseemly plan to foist an unwelcome technology on local village populations little able to defend themselves and now subject to potential health problems. There is something politicians are responsible for and it is called a duty of care.

It would seem singularly lacking in this case.

(Prof) Tony Trewavas

Croft Street

Penicuik, Midlothian

Why can the government not camouflage the wind machines on wind farms by painting them with green and brown paint so that they blend into the surrounding countryside.

I am sure more of the general public would be supportive of them if this were to be done.

Ian Petrie

South Oswald Road

Edinburgh

It would be only too understandable if the turnout in next week’s local elections were to be under 30 per cent (Letters, 24 April).

What is the point of electing councillors to represent our views when the Scottish Government can run roughshod over their decisions on projects, whether large or small?

The imposition of wind turbines at Carscreugh in Dumfries and Galloway and the development of the Polo Field in Colinton are but two examples.

“Democracy” has a hollow ring in the Scotland of 2012.

Bridget Wilcox

Nine Mile Burn

Midlothian

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