Glenboggin Windfarm

The proposed Fetterannie Windfarm has caused a great deal of debate in Glenboggin and the Glens beyond.

Many local farmers, for instance, are worried that having thirty or forty wind turbines on their land might affect the value of their 'set-aside' grants which are, of course, the mainstay of the local economy.

Others fear the bleak glory of Fetterannie will be spoilt by having things in it. Fetterannie's appeal for many centuries has been that there's nothing there and that's how we like it.

Artists impression of the site of the windfarm (oil on board)

The revolutionary 'pumped storage' aspect of the system is worrying us too - apparently in off-peak periods when they have too much electricity the Hydro wish to reverse the blades on each turbine to INCREASE the amount of wind, adding to global turbulance and thereby providing more wind to be gathered when Scotland are playing football on the telly and everyone switches on a kettle at half time or after the fourth opposition goal goes in, whichever is sooner. As everyone knows, the howling gales blowing off the Moss o' Fetterannie are legendary, and we don't need them more than 230 days a year!

In addition, Glenboggin's power needs have long been supplied by Dave Newman's geothermal borehole-cum-nuclear waste dump, so why should our countryside be blighted with rows of turbines to keep the lights on in big cities like Pittenweem, Brora and the blimmin' Kyle of Lochalsh.

However, in fine Glenboggin tradition, the deciding factor in this will of course be the answer to the question "How much will you give us to say Yes"? Reports that each turbine will pay out £2 Million in community benefit per month is persuading some that they are worth their weight in Gold.

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