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The granddaughter of General Dwight D Eisenhower, who led the allied forces to victory in the Second World War, has linked up with the National Trust for Scotland to see off a serious threat to the landscape around the castle that became his Scottish home. A wind farm company has submitted plans to build 15 turbines on the hill that overlooks Culzean Castle, the 18th-century Robert Adam masterpiece owned by the trust on the Ayrshire coast. Its magnificent top-floor apartment was given by its former owner to Eisenhower at the end of the war to thank the US general for the part he played in commanding Scottish troops and defeating the Nazi menace.
A windfarm planning application has been refused by Maldon District Council because of its impact on the scenery.
"I love this estate and my objections are purely on aesthetic grounds. I know people will criticise me, but this is not about nimbyism," she said.
What makes this so alarming is that wind turbines are so inefficient and expensive that, economically, they make no sense at all (without the hidden 100 per cent subsidy paid by all of us through our electricity bills, it would not pay anyone to build them).
The businessman, whose mother was born on Lewis, warned his championship course, five-star hotel, golf academy and 500 holiday homes would be scrapped unless proposals for a nearby offshore wind farm were abandoned.
UP TO 20 per cent of the Highlands would be visually blighted by wind farms if a draft renewables strategy for the region is approved, councillors were warned yesterday.
The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) has announced it is to oppose the proposed development of a wind farm on hills surrounding Culzean Castle in Ayrshire.
A Panorama visible from a string of popular view points across the North-east could be blighted by a new windfarm.
OUTSTANDING views from five of Scotland's best-loved peaks will be ruined if controversial plans for a major wind farm in the Highlands go ahead, claims a leading environmental charity.
"If they go ahead it will cause serious devaluation of properties in the area. I understand that wind energy is probably going to be the thing of the future, but they are just too big for this area. I can't see that anyone in the local area is going to benefit from them apart from the greedy landowners."
They introduced the world to "environmentally friendly" energy, but now some of Europe's "greenest" countries are under pressure to backtrack on wind farms as public anger grows over their impact on the countryside.