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Next week the county council will be asked to support a motion by opposition Tory group deputy leader Glen Sanderson calling on the authority to conduct a wide-ranging study into the effect of existing and planned onshore wind farms on the tourism industry.
Mr Fraser said surveys by VisitScotland showed that nine out of 10 tourists came to enjoy the scenic splendours of Scotland. Despite some reports suggesting wind farms had no economic impact, positively or negatively on tourism, he said there was a lot of nervousness about just now within the tourism industry concerning wind farms.
At the pre-inquiry a spokesperson for Welshpool Town Council will argue that ‘public opinion' should be taken into account, as this is not the case as things stand at present. The Mayor of Welshpool, Cllr John Meredith, said: "With such strong public feelings surrounding the proposals, surely it cannot be ignored?"
Official figures have revealed a catastrophic decline in Scottish tourism last year ...VisitScotland chairman Mike Cantlay has blamed the poor weather. Since when do tourists come to Scotland for the weather? ...This is the same tourism chief who claimed a few weeks ago that giant industrial wind turbines which now scar some of our most beautiful hills and glens are not a deterrent to tourists.
In a high profile hearing at the Scottish Parliament in April, Mr Trump told MSPs he is "the evidence" that the development of onshore and offshore wind power will drive tourists away. He said: "I am an expert on tourism. If you dot your landscape with these horrible, horrible structures, you will do tremendous damage."
In an intervention likely to embarrass the Scottish Government, VisitScotland has said an application to put turbines on a site north of Dumfries could have a ‘detrimental effect' on tourism. Its statement comes after Alex Salmond claimed wind farms ‘enhance our appeal as a country'.
VisitScotland's position emerged as a planning inquiry gets under way today into the Allt Duine wind farm, which would see 31 turbines built half-a-mile from the boundary of Cairngorms National Park. The intervention by the agency into the Lockerbie proposal comes days after Alex Salmond claimed wind farms "enhance our appeal as a country".
In a ruling, issued today, the ASA upheld complaints by Scottish Renewables that the advert gave a misleading impression of the possible consequences of the Scottish Government's wind-turbines plan and the type of turbines likely to be used in Scotland, as well as exaggerating the Scottish government's estimate for offshore wind-farm developments.
As part of their lobbying against wind turbine farms in Scotland's mountains, MCofS's Chief Officer, David Gibson is attempting to mobilise travel and tourist businesses to voice their dissent against this 'industrialisation'.
A huge offshore wind farm planned for the Bristol Channel is likely to cause "significant" landscape effects for a very limited section of Gower, the company behind it said. RWE npower renewables made the comment in its draft environmental statement for the Atlantic Array scheme.
Wind farm developer Eneco has been criticised for failing to consult tourism bosses over plans to site turbines in Poole Bay. The proposed Navitus Bay wind park, which would see turbines of around 311 feet tall situated between 10 and 17 miles out to sea, would have a major impact on Bournemouth and Poole's tourism industry.
He wrote to the First Minister at the beginning of September, saying the turbines were "disastrous and environmentally irresponsible", and left an "ugly cloud hanging over the future of the great Scottish coastline. ...People do not want to travel from all over the world to go to Scotland in order to stare out at big, ugly structures."
"As an Association we encourage green development but what is proposed for Montgomeryshire isn't green," he said. "It's the industrialisation of a rural area in the same way that South Wales was industrialised with steel works and coal mines.
Destination Dumfries and Galloway and VisitScotland have been criticised for failing to make their positions known at a recent tourism conference in Dumfries. Both organisations told the News they do not feel it was appropriate to comment on the potential threat of windfarms to the region's tourism industry.
Leaderdale and Melrose councillor John Paton-Day has called for a halt to wind farm developments in the Borders. The Lib Dem from Earlston was reacting to a letter in TheSouthern last week (October 29 issue) from Mr S. Wilson from Blairgowrie, who described how he had advised a party of 20 hillwalkers from Austria not to visit the region because "the hills have been destroyed by numerous wind farms with a lot more to come".
Campaigners fighting plans for a windfarm at Hampole were today planning to tell Doncaster councillors it was not just nearby residents who opposed the scheme. HALT - Hampole Against Large Turbines - were addressing a specially-called technical meeting for members of the council's planning committee. The protesters said hundreds of visitors to nearby Brodsworth Hall had also signed letters protesting against the plans.
The firm must apply to the Scottish Government rather than the local authority because of the scale of the plan. But Moray Council must be consulted and, if it objects, a public inquiry will be held. The government is due to make a decision on September 29.
A spate of windfarms planned for Dava Moor could become an attraction in their own right, developers behind one of the controversial proposals have hinted. The claim has been made by Dutch-owned windfarm firm Infinergy, who along with Cawdor Estate are behind proposals for the 17-turbine farm at Tom nan Clach. It comes in response to strong criticisms aired at a meeting organised in Carrbridge Village Hall on Wednesday evening by the village's community council to discuss the proposed development.
The Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown will host a major public meeting in Moray against plans to site a wind farm in the heart of the whisky trail. ...Tourists have flocked to Moray's famous whisky trail for decades, but owners of the distillery fear visitor numbers could dry up if the plans for nearly 60 turbines get the go ahead on the nearby Glenfiddich estate which is owned by London financier Christopher Morran.
A multi-million-pound scheme to promote tourism in the South Wales Valleys will be undermined if plans for two new wind farms get the go-ahead, campaigners claim. Plans for the wind farms straddling the Ogmore and Rhondda Valleys are due to go before councillors in July, when protesters will make their feelings known by marching on the council offices in Bridgend.