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Lesley Ruddock, (Perspective, 27 May) and Ron Greer (Letters, 29 May) both consider the money obtained by large landowners from wind energy and assume it would be all right if the money was equally shared among local communities. 

They seem to assume that this is wealth from elsewhere that is being created – a bonanza it was called. The money paid to, and distributed by, the wind industry comes from all of us from our electricity bills and this is crippling domestic and industrial consumers.

If we had land reform and others were getting the benefit it would still not be right in any sense. It is the destruction of the countryside for expensive power which does not close a single fossil fuel power station since they have to run idling to provide back-up. This destruction is “international vandalism” as David Bellamy said.

Communities do not own their little bit of landscape. How would we feel if the locals at the Grand Canyon wanted a bit of cash and plastered it with machines? What about the locals in the Blue Mountains, or those living near the Jungfrau destroying what visitors from all over the world come to see?

We have amazing scenery here in Scotland and we have no right to sell it.

The people of Penicuik understood this when only 67 people supported the Mount Lothian wind-farm application near the Pentland Hills, despite financial inducement, and more than 1,000 were against.

The hills of home belong to everyone.

Celia Hobbs

Peebles Road

Penicuik, Midlothian