Letters to the editor - 26.12.13

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Appeal wind farm decision

Letter to Govals neighbours

Sir- owner/occupier of property within a 3km radius of Govals Wind Factory.

I write to you as a fellow neighbour.

You will have heard that the Reporter appointed by the Scottish Government has overruled the Angus Council’s refusal decision and allowed the Govals Wind Factory. These six 87m high turbines have been applied for by Mr David Cooper of Govals Farm, Kincaldrum, and are to be located on the Sidlaw Hills ridge line.

Whilst the prevailing wind is from the west, the noise and vibrations emissions from these turbines, and the pressure changes caused by the turning blades, are omnidirectional. Reports from around the world indicate that we are likely to experience symptoms such as insomnia, headaches and dizziness, and, with increased time of exposure, internal haemorrhaging is increasingly possible. Animals (pets, livestock and wildlife) could also feel these effects - with birds, bats, insects and spiders exposed to the additional risk of impact from a blade.

Understandably, few people choose to live near large wind turbines and it is probable that our property values will decrease should these turbines be erected.

Assuming the turbines manage to operate at 30% efficiency/capacity, they should generate an income of around £1 million per year for Mr Cooper and the developer, Green Cat Renewables. About half of this money comes from increases to our electricity bills. This equates to approximately 10,000 households in Mr Cooper’s neighbourhood having to pay an extra £50 per year on their electricity bills to subsidise this income.

If you are unhappy about the erection of these turbines may I suggest that you contact the CEO of Angus Council and urge him to raise an appeal to the Reporter’s decision. This needs to be done immediately or an appeal may not be considered. His contact details are: Mr Richard Stiff, CEO Angus Council, Angus House, Orchardbank Business Park, Forfar, DD8 1AX. Email: chiefexec@angus.gov.uk Tel: 01307 461460. Yours etc.

Andrew Vivers,

Glamis (via e-mail).

charity thank you to angus

Thanks from Chest, Heart and Stroke

Sir - On behalf of Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, may I take this opportunity to send sincere thanks to all of the many volunteers and supporters in Angus who have contributed to the work of our charity in 2013.

Chest, heart and stroke illness can affect anyone. Thanks to advances in treatment, and changes in lifestyle, many more people survive heart attacks and strokes than ever before - a real success story for Scotland’s health.

However, this means that many more people, and their families, are living with the long-term impact of these conditions. Right now one in every 10 people in Scotland is living with chest, heart or stroke illness.

CHSS is the only charity providing services throughout Scotland for people affected by chest, heart and stroke illness.

During 2013 we were able to help more than 17,000 people through our advice line and patient information, support groups, financial grants, and our wide range of local services, which we provide in communities throughout Angus.

None of this would be possible without the contribution of our volunteers. Their work is absolutely vital in our local support services, charity shops and other activities. We very much appreciate the commitment, enthusiasm and care they bring to the charity and to their local community.

With continuing grateful thanks, and best wishes for 2014. Yours etc.

David H Clark

Chief Executive CHS Scotland (via email).

appeal from dame judi dench

Help the blind and partially sighted

Sir - I’m asking you to help raise money for the wonderful Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) this Christmas - and please believe me when I say that it won’t cost you a penny.

I have age-related macular degeneration but, whilst my sight has been affected, I count myself as one of the lucky ones.

You can help change this by simply collecting your used stamps this Christmas for RNIB.

Your old stamps will then be transformed into urgently needed funds to help even more people with sight loss access the information, support and advice they desperately need.

Every day 100 people will begin to lose their sight and many will face a future without any help or support.

Please send your British and foreign stamps to: RNIB, PO Box 6198, Leighton Buzzard, England, LU7 9XT.

With 1.7 billion cards sent each year why not ask your friends, family or work colleagues to get involved as well?

We only ask that you leave at least half a centimetre of envelope around the stamp to prevent damage. Thank you. Yours etc.

Dame Judi Dench,

RNIB supporter (via email).