Credit:     The Galloway Gazette     (20/01/13)

 

"Russell Brown told the Chief Executive of EDF that the peaceful and unique Airriequhillart valley should be left as it is.

 

Mr Brown was speaking during a Question Time-style debate at the Annual General Meeting of the Whithorn Business Association. Speakers from the Conservatives, the SNP and Visit Scotland also took part.

 

EDF, which is planning to build 18 450-foot turbines across the historic Airriequhillart valley, had sent a three-strong team to Whithorn with hopes of persuading the business community to back wind energy. Besides their chief executive, Christian Egal, two more senior executives and a press officer turned up for the session.

 

Mr Egal had been in direct contact with the Airriequhillart Protest Group over several weeks and had been coming under increasing pressure to make a personal visit to the proposed site. As none of the protest group were members, the Business Association decided to allow two of them to attend as guests.

 

Questions included why companies plan to place turbines close to people’s homes, and why no compensation was built into the process for those whose properties were blighted by turbines.

 

There were gasps of disbelief in the crowded room when both EDF and the SNP representative, Aileen Mcleod, argued that the imposition of a turbine site did not affect the value of adjoining properties.

 

Mr Egal argued that there was no evidence that turbine sites affected property prices, despite the fact that compensation schemes are in force in other countries."

 

TW312 comment:-

At the very least, once a turbine site is publicly identified it makes nearby properties more difficult to sell –  there is evidence that the presence of turbines (dependent on proximity and visual impact) can reduce property prices.  Houses have been down graded in council tax-bands by the Valuation Office Agency which provides the Government with valuations and property advice!

 


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