Tory party slams SNP windfarm ‘obsession’

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MORE than 44,000 people have objected to windfarm applications in Scotland in the past five years, according to the Conservative Party.

About 34,000 objections were submitted to councils, ranging from an estimated 9,421 in Aberdeenshire, to two objections in East Dunbartonshire, figures obtained from 23 out of 32 Scottish local authorities show.

Six other councils have received more than 1,000 objections, ranging from 3,333 in Argyll and Bute to 1,342 in South Ayrshire. More than 14,000 complaints were received in 2012 alone.

Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser, convener of the Scottish Parliament’s energy committee, said: “The tens of thousands of objections right across the country show the sheer level of public alarm at the SNP’s windfarm obsession.

“People aren’t just concerned about windfarms ruining their landscape and quality of life, they don’t want Scotland’s electricity supply dependent on a source that is unreliable and intermittent,” he added.

Fraser said when a council voted against an application, usually with backing from planning experts and local communities, the Scottish Government should respect that.

“Instead, we see ministers in Edinburgh overturning those decisions without any regard for local feelings or the knock-on effect any windfarm may have.”