Comment posted Scottish Power Renewables announces another delay for proposed Tiree Array by Robert Wakeham.
Karl: With regard to your preceding comments, quad bikes may be the favoured option for sporting estates these days, but when I said that wind farm roads compared favourably with some of the roads on sporting estates I wasn’t fantasising, it’s true – some of them have messed up the peat way beyond the road itself, and if you think it’s absolute bunkum it can only be because you’re so concerned with the offshore Tiree proposals that you’re in danger of letting emotion get in the way of reasoned discussion. With regard to the footprint of windfarm roads remaining for many years, as far as I’m aware they’re not designed to ‘biodegrade’, they’re needed for the life of the windfarm and then to be removed and the peat layer reinstated. As long as the financial safeguards to ensure thorough decommissioning are put in place as a planning condition, I don’t think that there should be a long-term problem – although with technology evolving there’ll undoubtedly be increasing pressure to replace life-expired equipment with new machines on the same site. Unless, of course, wind farming ceases to be so enormously profitable to the developers.
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- There’s a house recently completed in the Santa Monica mountains above Malibu, Los Angeles, that re-uses the wings off a Boeing 747 jumbo jet to form the roof, so you never know, decommissioned wind turbine blades might have uses beyond infilling mineshafts.
- Karl: ‘large offshore wind power stations’ are surely a sufficiently new animal that decommissioning has yet to be undertaken to any great extent – and from what I’ve seen of onshore windfarms they don’t have miles of tarmac or concrete roads, just graded tracks and pads similar to forestry haul roads. And the roads are usually a textbook exercise in tidy workmanship with absolutely minimal disturbance to upland peat areas – comparing very favourably with some of the access roads on private sporting estates.
- Malcolm: by far the most embarrassing display from our elected leaders in relation to Trump was the Aberdeen County Council putsch that saw the chair of the planning committee removed for having the cheek to cast his vote against Trump’s development on an SSSI, together with what looks like an over-cosy ‘oiling of the wheels’ by our first minister.
- Trump…’honest’..’straightforward’..fact, Malcolm, or just your opinion?
- Malcolm, do you believe everything that you write?
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There’s one line of thought that the fashion for building increasingly deformed ‘look at me’ office towers accurately reflects the warped and bent behaviour of a significant chunk of London’s ‘financial services industry’.
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The skyscraping Shard – to the south of the Thames, and the recent proliferation of other high rise office blocks (some remarkably deformed, like the ‘walkie-talkie’) has started a debate about the lack of a coherent tall buildings planning policy in London – compared with other major European cities – and the damage this is doing to the character of the place.
Will it wind up looking like Beijing or Sao Paolo?
And many of the new and proposed high rise apartment blocks in London are a result of foreign money (much of it ‘hot’) being invested in a steadily spiralling property market.
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