I am writing in support of the highly pertinent letter from Celia Hobbs (24 November) in which she challenges the efficacy of environmental bodies which have a remit to protect Scotland’s environment.
Both Scottish National Heritage and Historic Scotland surely have a duty, as their names imply, to protect our heritage and history, including the environment.
However, they are often derelict in fulfilling this responsibility when it comes to wind developers and landowners, solely driven by financial gain, who are hell-bent on destroying our landscape environment with their rapidly increasing numbers of planning applications for onshore wind turbines.
Could this be due to the fact that both of these quangos are largely dependent on government funding?
This simply cannot be right – they must be fully independent of government and free to challenge decisions and policies which have a negative impact on our environment.
As for the other charity Ms Hobbs cites, namely the RSPB, I believe that it too has lost its way in its support of bird-killing turbines.
Like Ms Hobbs, I have cancelled my direct debit in its support.
In my opinion, the only truly independent charity which takes our environment seriously and without bias is the John Muir Trust, which deserves the support of anyone who really cares for Scotland’s environment.
(Dr) GM Lindsay