Readers' letters: Wind farms should pay compensation

"Why is compensation never discussed? This is a national disgrace”

Thursday, 20th May 2021, 7:00 am

Wind farms should pay compensation

I wonder if the people answering the new wind farm survey gave a single thought to those forced to live next to these machines.

People who lose amenity for necessary infrastructure like motorways, airports and railways are compensated, but not for wind farms

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Instead, the wider community is bribed by private companies with so-called community benefit at a fraction of the cost.

Noise at your property can legally be increased day and night, amenity and house value lost and property even unsellable. A new Green MSP showing a lovely view from her new room at Parliament said on Twitter, "I'm grateful to have this view this week as I settle in. This #Mental Health Awareness Week it's good to be able to #Connect with Nature in this way. @MHFScot highlights the positive impact that connecting with nature can have on our mental health"

What does it do to your mental health to be forced to lose your positive chosen view and live 24 hours a day next to whirling 100m and now even 200m high machines?

Why is compensation never discussed? This is a national disgrace.

Celia Hobbs, Peebles Road, Penicuik.

Alok must improve climate homework

Alok Sharma the UK government’s president-designate of COP26, said that the 197 countries coming to Glasgow would make "a consistent and concerted effort" in limiting global warming to 1.5C.

If he had done his homework he would have seen the "promises” made in Paris in 2015 puts the world on track for a 2C to 3C rise in warming. He would have realised that only five countries have legally-binding Climate Change Acts, the others only made easily-broken promises.

He wants countries to abandon coal. If he had done his homework he would have realised that China and India are still building coal-fired power plants.

In 2020 China built over three times as much coal plant capacity as the rest of the world. The Chinese President Xi Jinping, aged 68, recently announced that China would be carbon neutral by 2060, but he will not be around at COP65 to explain why China was not carbon neutral.

Clark Cross, Springfield Road, Linlithgow.

Help pick heroes in National Lottery

The 2021 National Lottery Awards are now open for entries. National Lottery players raise £30 million every week for good causes and we want to celebrate those whose dedication and work make a difference.

Nominate local legends and hometown heroes in the following categories: culture, arts & film, community/charity, heritage and sport. In addition, there will be a young hero award for someone under the age of 18. Groups or organisations are eligible to enter the Project of the Year category. All award winners will receive a trophy and £3000 for their organisation.

Nominations can be made by completing an entry form at www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards. Entries must be received by midnight on 7 June.

Jonathan Tuchner, National Lottery Awards, London.

Lucky Nicola

Nicola Sturgeon informs us climate change and the COP26 conference in Glasgow are top priorities for her. Climate change is vital for us all, b ut it's a UK conference, organised by Westminster and led by the Prime Minister.

Considering how Sturgeon daily disparaged Boris Johnson during the election, she should count herself lucky to get an invitation.

Martin Redfern, Melrose.