Comment posted Now see for yourself: For Argyll challenges anyone to say SPR plans for Argyll Array at Tiree are acceptable by Karl Hughes.
The images do shock and NTA have received an influx of response to the posting of the images. I personally have been looking at conceptual images of the project for around 3 years.
As we all know picture paints a thousand words…in this case these words contain all the reasons why this project or projects in similar locations should not go ahead.
Tiree was once known as a place on the shipping forcast…many thought we were just a buoy bobbing about in the atlantic somewhere out there in the blue beyond.
But that has changed with the Array proposal…apart from Antartica I have had contact with every continent in regards to the array…the world is watching the goings on. This has become far more than a windfarm development in the middle of nowhere…and it is growing daily and with every tourist season and with every international windsufing event and with every visiting bird watcher…it is to coin a modern phrase, going viral.
Of the many reasons as to why this project is a step to far…one sticks out like a boil on a nose.
The environmental foot print is not acceptable…we cannot cut off our nose to spite our face.
Scotland will head towards it’s targets without us (we have already met many of ours).
Proposed wind farms from a single turbine up to hundreds in more (hopefully) appropriate locations are in the pipeline for Scotland and, these will remove the necessity to drop environmental protection standards in areas such as Skerryvore…if they don’t then the entire drive for wind based renewables is built on a rotten core.
I am continually called a NIMBY by those who have not spent the time to check developments in a case by case fashion…it goes with the job and in the case of the Argyll aka Tiree Array I take it as some warped form of compliment….
The construction of the Tiree array is not a panacea for reduction of Scotland’s CO2 footprint. It maybe the government and the developers using us as a test case to get the sloppy legislation in place for future projects.
In all sincerity the rush for wind has left the legislation in it’s wake…this been the case, many people have lost faith in planning “with due care”. Planning that should be enforced rigorously to ensure that developments are both in context to their surroundings and that the local environment is not put at undue risk of damage are still in their embryonic stage.
We on Tiree are blessed to live in such a place…the many JNCC reports etc, show how fragile and unique our environment is, it is on many levels, of international importance…to put this at risk with the installation of the Tiree Array is beyond any form of rational thinking…and this becomes more apparent as more information comes to light.
SPR are duty bound to complete an EIA to support their application to build…economics and politics are, but should not be influencing decisions both the developer and government are making in relation to wilderness areas…
As with the generation of the 1 to 1.8 GW if the array goes elsewhere the economic benefits…go elsewhere, but this will still be in Scotland.
Tiree’s future lies in a different direction…we are ourselves reaping economic reward from Tilley, our island is thriving, our crime levels are extremely low as is unemployment, our tourist industry grows year on year…and all of this is down to our community members and the pristine environment we live in. Tiree is Tiree because of holistic location…this is not some sort of short bread tin romantic vision this is what the world is striving for…
The pressure this industrial sword of Damocles is holding over the island is stifling…the reasons to drop the project NOW are more than apparent…any further time spent assessing what we already know, is damaging not only to all involved in Tiree but also to the credibility of all those involved in wind as a renewable resource.
This project should be shelved and as suggested by the JNCC the waters around Tiree should be accredited with MPA and SPA status…we far exceed the criteria for these environmental protection measures.
Economics of big business 7 politics aside…Ultimately there are no valid global environmental arguments to support an Array in the waters inshore to Tiree..
Crown Estates put this area out as a lease simply because of the depth of water and, the high prevailing winds…they opened this can of worms and it is now time for them to review their leasing methodology.
SPR could be seen as a fall guy in many ways…much the same as I can be seen as a NIMBY…but that goes with the job.
Karl Hughes also commented
I read somwhere that on average wind velocity drops at night…but do’t quote me…
En route home…catch you soon. Karl
- I am not sure Robert…but it would have to be a pretty huge battery…worth looking into simply to be amazed !
When I say battery…I am refering to pump storage.
- Will more Glens have to be flooded to provide a “battery” facility for wind…or is the possibility of an export cable to Norway part of this plan ?
If this does become the case…then the environmental footprint of wind is a true can of worms that needs further review…we will have folks all over Scotland and maybe Norway too… becoming NIMBY by proxy.
Rather than in my case NIMBY by necessity.
- Hi I am just going on the JNCC/and Dipper 1981 documents. I would presume the higher oxygenation is due to the swell breaking over so many skerries in the Skerryvore area, the large tidal races, the near continual pounding of an Atlantic swell on shallow water…
“Are you saying the waters of Tiree are SUPER SATURATED with oxygen” No…you have said that…I did not say that please read my post again !
Also note the other contributing factors for good conditions, seabed, cover…kelp etc. It takes, I presume many contributing factors to make a sustainable and varied ecosystem…one of these being above average (whatever average is) O2 levels.
- SPR’s EIA is ongoing…seems that SPR are trying to fill in any percieved gaps…lets remember JNCC etc are out there to find out what should or needs to be protected…SPR are out there to look at mitigation…or to look and see if mitigation is possible !
And yes if this project goes ahead…the damage will happen, at seabed/beneath the waves and on the surface…SPR are only now realising how much damage will occur.
Ultimately how much environmental damage are the Scottish Government willing to allow for 6.5 billion GBP ?…and does SPR really want want to end up having world wide headlines saying it is going ahead with damaging areas already noted to be in need of full protection…It will do nothing for offshore wind renewables, or the green credentials this multi national uses to support it’s projects. The Scottish government also have to realise that this development is a step to far.
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I believe in the Union…always will… but I also believe in decentralisation through out the whole of the uk…London is a state of its own… and its time a British parliment was re- established else where…Lancaster ???? Manchester ??? Leeds ???
If it takes the SNP to change British politics, and drive the decentralisation I crave I am happy with that… but like I say I will always vote for Union…
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A vote for the SNP would be a vote for change throughout the whole of the Union and throughout messed up politics in general, I would hope ?… they get my X in the box this time around to represent our country…but don’t expect a X in any future referendum other than to say NO.
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