Background Info

This huge development would have a terrible visual impact on a beautiful and iconic part of Scotland and would have a detrimental effect on the environment, tourism, local business, wild life, sport and inward investment. It is an inappropriate site for industrial construction on this scale and would diminish one of Scotland's most historic and treasured areas.

This proposed development if allowed to proceeed would comprise 17 huge turbines each 135m (442ft ) in height. This is the same height as the London Eye, the fourth largest structure in London. St. Mary's Cathedral, the tallest building in Edinburgh is only 90m high.

These turbines would be erected on the hill tops between Glen Lethnot and Glenogil, changing the skyline and the beautiful views of the Angus Glens from far and wide.

The visual impact on this area of outstanding natural beauty and Scottish history would be significant.

The potential damage to the environment and wildlife is also a major concern. The effect on peat deposits, the threat to birds including Golden Eagles and Sea Eagles, the silting of burns vital to salmonoid development, contamination of the water table, are all serious risks.

The effect on tourism, leisure, culture and sport could have a severe effect on the fragile local economy. The value of the the surrounding land and the inward investment and employment by local estates is also threatened.

Whilst the need for renewable energy initiatives is undoubtedly of great importance, it cannot be right for an industrial construction on this scale to be forced on such an inappropriate location. An area of great beauty and natural heritage that is one of Scotland's most iconic and historic treasures.

There is currently a formal consultation underway until 22 August which we are keen to publicise and to encourage local people and groups and organisations to engage with.

We are already aware that there is concern from other organisations about this proposed development and we hope that they will voice their opposition; For example: The Esk Rivers and Fisheries Trusts are concerned about silting of burns which will prevent salmonoid development. The Mountaineering Council of Scotland are concerned about developments which will spoil the unique landscape of the area.

We would imagine that the Ministry of Defence may have concerns about the effect on radar and the restriction on low level flying which fast jets have enjoyed in the area.

We would also imagine that the Cairngorm National Park would not wish for such a massive development so close to its border.

The development will also overshadow historic monuments such as the Caterthun Pictish hill forts in Glen Lethnot, which are a much visited and popular feature of the local cultural heritage.

We hope that any groups who enjoy the Angus Glens for walking, cycling, picnicing, fishing, golf, shooting, or even just going for a drive will be concerned about the dramatic change to this iconic area that would result from this development proceeding.

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