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Monday, 26 November 2012

Monadhliath Ring of Steel: Update III

Since I last wrote about the industrialisation of these magnificent wild hills back in September, there has been more bad news. ‘Can it get any worse?’ I hear you say.

Well, yes.

A planning application has been put into Highland Council for three wind masts for Inverwick Forest. Under the current regime of the SNP government what this means is that the Inverwick wind power station is now a virtual certainty. 

The Monadhliath and Loch Ness area will now look this:

MONADHLIATH RING OF STEEL UPDATE III

[CLICK ON MAP TO ENLARGE]

14 comments:

  1. Fantastic, it is obvious that the western side of the Great Glen needs some more turbines. Don't want the risk of there being a gap with an undisturbed hill do we?

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    1. I heartedly agree and why leave those silly gaps full of free wind between them. Better still why not round up the yokels, burn down their houses and stick them on rusty old ships and send them to parts of the world with more space like Alaska and Australia. The few that were left would surely vote for indepedence as they would see how wealthy Scotland had become with no one to claim pensions, education or welfare. Not sure why nobody hasn't thought of this before.

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    2. It looks to me like we could squeeze a few more in, to the SW of Allt Duine and maybe a wind farm or two between Dunmaglass and Farr?

      These developers are clueless. Perhaps we should increase the subsidies? Maybe we could do with a more sympathetic government: The present one is not committed enough.

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  2. Oh ferk!

    I planned my 2013 TGO route to get over some of the Monadhliath before they started the desecration!

    At least next time I pass this way it will be on a guided tour of the lovely windmills: courtesy of the Minister for Energy and Tourism!

    Lord, what fools these mortals be.

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    1. I've no idea why they haven't proposed a Visitor Centre in the planning application for Allt Duine. Right on top of the hill would be fine, for the best viewing point. Perhaps that would clinch it for the Reporter?

      There will be two good roads to get you right up to the top, directly from the A9. There's room for dozens of cars in the car parks they provide so thoughtfully next to each turbine. 31 turbines - so room for over 186 cars.

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  3. RIP Monadhliath. Windmills are coffin nails in the Landscape.

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    1. I think the planners are missing a trick. They could install helter-skelters inside each turbine mast, so at least the bloody things would have a use when the wind wasn't blowing.

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    2. There will soon be enough for every supporting Politician and Greeny to be secured to their very own blade.
      Worked for Vlad the Impaler, and the Romans....
      I would be willing to help sucure them.
      The idiots.
      Green is indeed the new Black.

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  4. thats it i,ve changed my mind that whole scottish goverment can be minister for morons they can all take turns first up is that prat salmond

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    1. The thing is, the SNP were elected with a clear majority last time. But I'm pretty sure the Scottish voters weren't voting to put up the price of their electricity and ruining their wild landscapes.

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    2. Problem was that it was a clear majority against Labour and Lib-Dems rather than for SNP. Salmomd hasn't seen that yet but then he only ever sees what he wants to anyway. In Europe with the pound and with the Bank of England as the bank of last resort. Don't think so Alex! Bit like the 18,000, sorry 11,000, sorry we don't actually know how many jobs but we got the figure from Scottish Renewables, the Industry pressure group. Then we have the colleges which are growing, no sorry are being starved of £40million finance. We now call the First Minister "Tipp 'Eck"

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    3. Salmond's political stock is certainly falling.
      However he is now trying to fix the referendum as well by limiting the donations possible. This will mean that there will not be sufficient resources available to leaflet each household.
      This gives Salmond a huge advantage, as he is constantly in the media spotlight and his opponents will not be able to get the true facts across to households in a print form.
      It's typical of the way Salmond manipulates at every turn.

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  5. I've almost stopped registering the numbers now with these applications: whether the proposal is for3, 10, 20, whatever number, I just assume that by the time he first cluster is in place the application to extend the development will already be well under way.

    They might just as well come clean and declare an intention to plaster every available square foot of upland with these things; it's not as if anybody's fooled any more. These barbarians would probably give the Sistine Chapel ceiling a coat of magnolia emulsion.

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    1. Very true, Dave.
      We could also get rid of Nelson from his column and stick a turbine up there in his place. I'm sure the Islington Greenies would approve.
      That nice Mr Miliband would support it.

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