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Comment posted Now see for yourself: For Argyll challenges anyone to say SPR plans for Argyll Array at Tiree are acceptable by Arethosemyfeet.

I haven’t spoken to anything like enough people about it to comment. NTA have been very vocal, but outside of An Tirisdeach I’ve not seen much of either side.

I think the vehemence of NTA has put people off raising their head above the parapet – opponents think NTA has it covered and those who are pro or neutral feel besieged.

I want to know what the implications of the array are for Tiree, and for the local ecology, but my natural presumption is in favour of renewable energy. NTA seem, too often, to be just grabbing anything they can find to throw at SPR to see what sticks, including far too much from climate change denial grab-bag.

I think there needs to be some serious analysis, not just scaremongering, of the economic, social and environmental effects of the array, and a committment in any formal proposal to mitigate any negative effects (and there will be some, one way or another). It might even be that SPR needs to consider direct compensation to those worst affected, at the western end of Tiree, and to those employed in affected industries. It’s not without precedent for rural communities with access to significant natural resources to be compensated for their extraction – Alaska provides an interesting model in that regard.

Basically I’d like to see an analysis of the situation in the round, and see the costs and the benefits considered, and any proposal organised to benefit Tiree as much as possible. There is significant potential for permament skilled employment associated with power generation, and I would hope to see SPR funding training to ensure that young people from Tiree are able to take up those jobs when the time comes.

Arethosemyfeet also commented

  • Tiree is not as flat as you claim, most of the turbines will be hidden by the hills at the western end of the island from most viewpoints. Certainly I’d see very little from my house, and all I would see would be confined to a few degrees of the horizon in one or two directions.
  • The pictures are from the sites where the array would be most visible, and in the clearest conditions. If you look at the zones of theoretical visibility, even for the larger turbines most parts of Tiree will not see more than a few turbines in one direction. Yes it will affect the view, a bit, but these visualisations put the lie to the idea that the turbines would dominate the landscape, or in any way affect tourism.

    It’s time to take a balanced view of whether the economic and environmental benefits are worth a few white poles on the horizon that you will have to hunt to see from most directions.

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