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Comment posted Scottish Power Renewables announces another delay for proposed Tiree Array by Robert Wakeham.

Malcolm, do you believe everything that you write?

Robert Wakeham also commented

  • 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: 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.
  • 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?

Recent comments by Robert Wakeham

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    I wonder what caused the Hebridean Isles’ heavy contact with Kennacraig pier?
    The Isle of Arran got into trouble in West Loch Tarbert in 2010 when a mechanical failure led to just such a heavy contact with Kennacraig pier, but that was in February just days before she was due into drydock anyway.
    And there must be a question about to just what degree Calmac’s ship breakdowns are simply due to the age of their fleet, if the Finlaggan’s mezzanine deck was inoperable just when it was most needed.
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    That ‘someone petty enough…’ is obviously alive, if not well.
  • Luss Estates opens unmanned 24 hour filling station in Luss car park – and Arrochar Mountain Rescue was first user
    A good move – and it joins the considerable number of 24-hour electric car charging points that have been ‘rolled out’ in Argyll in the last few years.
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    And Mr Swinney’s got such a mild and reasonable manner for someone defending a measure that (even if he hasn’t the nous to realise it) has just that wee bit of a whiff of authoritarianism about it.
    It’d get a wry smile from George Orwell.
  • Charity seeks volunteers for 2016 Great British Beach Clean
    Where do you get the hearsay criticism of ‘immigrants’ from, if it’s not your personal experience?
    I don’t know about beach litter, but my impressions of highway litter is that it increases the nearer you get to Glasgow – but whether that’s down to the natives, or immigrants, I really don’t know (although I suspect it’s more likely to be the natives).
    One of the problems in Argyll & Bute is the way in which sea lochs trap litter from far and wide – the head of Loch Long at Arrochar is a prime example, and the amount of trash you can sometimes see on the shores of the Clyde from the train between Helensburgh and Dumbarton is astonishing – but whether it all comes from people living around the Clyde is another matter.

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