[Update note below 14 May] The patron of the Northern Lighthouse Board has made clear her incredulity at the grossness of the proposal to site hundreds of wind turbines in the close vicinity of the celebrated and Grade A listed Skerryvore Lighthouse, south of the Isle of Tiree.
The patron of the Northern Lighthouse Board is Princess Anne, whose affection for Scotland embraces the Scottish rugby team, the sailing grounds of the west coast, including Tiree and its sister Isle of Coll – she keeps her yacht in Argyll – and the incomparable Stevenson lighthouses.
The Princess has an ambition to visit every one of these lighthouses in person and is well on her way to achieving that target.
As patron of the Northern Lighthouse Board, she is entitled to express her horror at the impact on the Skerryvore, recognised as the most beautiful lighthouse in the world of ScottishPower Renewables’ proposal for a gigantic offshore wind farm around much of Tiree.
The No Tiree Array campaign was quickly on the record as being very appreciative of this very public support from a notable and competent interest for its informed opposition to the proposed wind farm.
The Princess’s typically directly expressed view is that, with the Skerryvore Light a Grade A listed building, ‘You’d never get away with that onshore.’
Robert Trythall, secretary for the No Tiree Array campaign, is quoted as saying that the Princess ‘…is standing up for Scotland. Skerryvore is one of the most stunning engineering and architectural feats of the 19th century and ti have it casually obliterated by these wind turbines would be unforgivable’.
Indeed it would.
SPR repeated their intention to submit a planning application at the recently postponed date of 2015. This just happens neatly to take a Scottish Government decision on this application away from any negative impact the consent it clearly wishes to give might have on the 2014 Independence Referendum.
Nobody is fooled.
Update Note 14 May: Princess Anne’s comments above are in general circulation but originated in an interview with the Princess in this month’s [June] Scottish Field. In the interview she is talking about Scotland’s wild places which of course, include Argyll [and the Skerryvore - for the time being anyway].