• Petitioned First Minister Alex Salmond

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First Minister Alex Salmond
Minister Fergus Ewing

Stop the reckless siting of wind turbines in Scotland's scenic landscapes

    1. Petition by

      Wind Wise Radio

The current policies of the Scottish Government are promoting the reckless development of industrial wind throughout the beautiful landscapes of Scotland.  

Local planners across Scotland are being overwhelmed by permit applications. An average of 5 applications each day!  

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show 5,528 applications have been made since May 2007,  overall a seven-fold increase over the previous administration.

One local authority, Aberdeenshire, has received more than 1,000 planning applications over this period, while a series of other rural councils have experienced a 14-fold increase.  Over 80% of large projects are being approved, even if local communities are opposed.

In short, Scotland's natural beauty is under siege and may be irrevocably destroyed in the upcoming months. Soon there may not be a hilltop in Scotland without a view of turbines.

Help us deliver a message to the policy makers.

 

 

Recent signatures

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    1. Mrs Rhona Weir -- "An act of vandalism"

      Rhona's statement today: First ...

      Rhona's statement today: First Minister, We in Scotland have inherited an irreplaceable legacy - a unique, varied and very beautiful environment that is free for all to appreciate and enjoy. Any unnecessary development which will have a detrimental effect on this heritage should be considered an act of vandalism.

    2. Petition is Delivered!!

      April 16th
      Mrs Rhona Weir delivers petition to Alex Salmond. Rhona was accompanied by Pat Wells of the Stop Highland Windfarms Coalition and Sally Page.

      http://on.fb.me/118VLCC

      Breaking.... Petition Delivered!! photo: ...

      Breaking.... Petition Delivered!! photo: Sally Page

    3. Tuesday, April 14th -- The petition will be delivered to Alex Salmond

      Wind farm opponents make a second attempt to ...

      Wind farm opponents make a second attempt to deliver petition to First Minister http://bit.ly/15dlttM PRESS RELEASE ISSUED JOINTLY ON 14 APRIL 2013 BY WIND WISE RADIO AND STOP HIGHLAND WINDFARMS CAMPAIGN In the wake of his refusal to meet Mrs Rhona Weir and publicly accept the Wind Wise Radio petition at the SNP conference in Inverness last month, the First Minister subsequently offered to meet with Mrs Weir in Edinburgh.

    4. Salmond forced to offer face-to-face meeting with Mrs Rhona Weir

      Alex Salmond has offered to "hold talks" with Rhona Weir. Stay tuned for more on this...

      And just to keep the RECORD STRAIGHT -- at no time, in no way, shape, or form was WWR "advised that he could not meet at that time" -- TOTAL FABRICATION
      http://on.fb.me/16Y7fMq

      BREAKING... Alex Salmond has offered to "hold ...

      BREAKING... Alex Salmond has offered to "hold talks" with Rhona Weir. More to come.... STAY TUNED! And just to keep the RECORD STRAIGHT -- at no time, in no way, shape, or form was WWR "advised that he could not meet at that time" -- TOTAL FABRICATION

    5. First Minister's refusual was "pathetic"

      From the Press and Journal in Scotland: Organisers described the first minister’s refusal to accept the petition as “absolutely pathetic”, while Mrs Weir said she was “saddened” by the incident. http://bit.ly/15L68wd
      http://on.fb.me/XGTzOV

      Organisers described the first minister's ...

      Organisers described the first minister's refusal to accept the petition as "absolutely pathetic", while Mrs Weir said she was "saddened" by the incident. http://bit.ly/15L68wd

    6. Wheelhouse was a no-show; but we were not.

      Alex Salmond was too busy to step outside Eden Court theater to accept the petition. His delegated Minister attempted to force 94-yr-old Rhona Weir to walk across town to a hotel in the bitter cold. He was worse than a no-show.

      Proud of all who have signed and all who attended the demonstration today...

      The petition will be delivered! I promise.

      Harley Keisch

      http://on.fb.me/13moec4

      Standing tall and proud and defiant in Inverness.

      Standing tall and proud and defiant in Inverness.

    7. Alex sends Wheelhouse; apparently too busy to step outside

      We've accepted the Scottish government's offer to have Mr. Wheelhouse recieve the petition from our delegation at 1:45pm. We will be waiting for him outside the main entrance of Eden Court. Visit our facebook for the latest email and more details...
      http://on.fb.me/X0bTrj

      UPDATE: Mrs. Rhona Weir and the delegation will

      UPDATE: Mrs. Rhona Weir and the delegation will meet Mr. Paul Wheelhouse at 1:45pm outside Eden Court Entrance. Here is the latest email... On 3/22/2013 12:50 PM, Malcolm Fleming wrote: Dear Mr Keisch. Thank you for your email. I'd be grateful if you could confirm whether or not your delegation wish to meet with Mr Wheelhouse.

    8. Windy, snowy, bumpy ride for petition...

      Listen to short interview with Mr. Stuart Young as petition arrives in Inverness http://bit.ly/10sacSr

      Petition to Save Scotland arrives in Inverness by windwiseradio

      WWR caught up with Mr. Stuart Young of the Caithness Windfarm Information Forum (CWIF) travelling with the bound copy of the petition to save Scotland for delivery at tomorrow's demonstration (March 23rd) in Inverness... Sign and share the petition: http://chn.ge/VJ0gUn Visit CWIF at http://caithnesswindfarms.co.uk

    9. Where is the petition now?

      The petition has been printed and bound. Mr. Stuart Young is travelling to Inverness today with the petition "wrapped in clingfilm" to protect it from damage by the weather.... http://on.fb.me/13i4p5P

      Where is the petition now?

      Where is the petition now?

    10. Response to Scottish Government response... Keep signing and sharing

      Click below to read the response to Mr. Fleming's correspondence
      http://on.fb.me/1632XBR

      Earlier today, WWR received a reply from a ...

      Earlier today, WWR received a reply from a representative of the Scottish Government regarding the delivery of the petition to Alex Salmond the Saturday, the 23rd at the SNP conference in Inverness. A reply was sent a few minutes ago and I am sharing the exchange here and with the all the signers of the petition...

    11. Norway Climbs Ben Nevis

      #4409 Mari Klosbøle Evenstuen FAGERNES, NORWAY has just bagged Ben Nevis!

      Mari's friend, Alexander Fystro Østby, also signed and writes...

      I have a dream about hiking in the Scottish highlands. With lots of windturbines in the landscape, I fear my dream only will not be a dream. I love the original Scottish scenery, and it is breaking my heart to see that they are planning so many windfarms in your beautiful country. Greetings from Norway.

      http://on.fb.me/YqKQDQ

      #4409 Mari Klosbøle Evenstuen FAGERNES, NORWAY ...

      4409 Mari Klosbøle Evenstuen FAGERNES, NORWAY has just bagged Ben Nevis! Next plateau is 4,500 http://chn.ge/VJ0gUn

    12. Reached 4,409 signatures
    13. The petition has gone to the printers... no word from Alex

      The petition has now gone to the printers with 4,327 signatures and 1,666 comments. Alex Salmond has been invited to recieve the petition on March 23rd during the Stop Highland Windfarms Campaign demonstration in Inverness.

      We will continue to gather signatures through the 23rd. Only a few steps from the top of Ben Nevis at 4,409. All signatures and comments will be sent/given to Salmond and Ewing.

      Alex has not yet replied to our invitation.... stay tuned!

    14. Ben Macdui captured for GLASGOW by #4296 Sandy Benson

      BEN NEVIS, tallest peak in Scotland, just ahead...

      10 Ben Lawers 3,983ft Iain Anderson Garrett from KILWINNING UK
      9 Carn Mor Dearg 4,003ft Κατερίνα Κορρέ from Ρεθύμνου,Greece
      8 Aonach Mor 4,006ft Ernest Kirkbride WHITBY, UK
      7 Aonach Beag 4049ft Alexandra Steadman SKIPNESS ARGYLL, UK
      6 Cairn Grom 4,082ft Ian Tolley from INVERNESS, UK
      5 Sgor an Lochain Uaine 4,127ft Angus Pattison GLASGOW, UK
      4 Cairn Toul 4,236ft James Dylan Rivis MONTPELIER, VERMONT, U.S.
      3 Braeriach 4,252ft Christopher Grave PERTH, UK
      2 Ben Macdui 4,295ft Sandy Benson GLASGOW, UK

      http://on.fb.me/133XI7i

      #4296 Sandy Benson GLASGOW takes magnificent Ben

      4296 Sandy Benson GLASGOW takes magnificent Ben Macdui BEN NEVIS just ahead...

    15. Reached 4,295 signatures
    16. Christopher Grave PERTH, UK Claims 3rd highest peak -- Braeriach

      Keep climbing 150 will get us to the top of Ben Nevis....

      10 Ben Lawers 3,983ft Iain Anderson Garrett from KILWINNING UK
      9 Carn Mor Dearg 4,003ft Κατερίνα Κορρέ from Ρεθύμνου,Greece
      8 Aonach Mor 4,006ft Ernest Kirkbride WHITBY UK
      7 Aonach BeaG 4049ft Alexandra Steadman SKIPNESS ARGYLL
      6 Cairn Grom 4,082ft Ian Tolley from INVERNESS
      5 Sgor an Lochain Uaine 4,127ft Angus Pattison GLASGOW, UK
      4 Cairn Toul 4,236ft James Dylan Rivis MONTPELIER VERMONT
      3 Braeriach 4,252ft Christopher Grave PERTH, UK

      Two left to go!!
      2 Ben Macdui 4,295ft
      1 Ben Nevis 4,409ft

      http://on.fb.me/145GWV5

      #4252 Christopher Grave Perth, United Kingdom ...

      4252 Christopher Grave Perth, United Kingdom claims the summit of Braeriach... Great going!! http://chn.ge/VJ0gUn Next stop is the mighty Ben Macdui 4,295ft photo: tarmachan.blogspot.com

    17. Reached 4,252 signatures
    18. James Rivis captures Cairn Toul, Just three peaks to go....

      James Dylan Rivis MONTPELIER VERMONT claims Cairn Toul.... just one step ahead of Mike Gallagher MANCHESTER, GB -- You guys rock!

      Next is 3rd highest... Braeriach 4,252ft

      KEEP CLIMBING

      http://on.fb.me/132tjGA

      #4236 James Dylan Rivis MONTPELIER VERMONT ...

      4236 James Dylan Rivis MONTPELIER VERMONT claims Cairn Toul.... just one step ahead of Mike Gallagher MANCHESTER, GB -- You guys rock! Next is 3rd highest... Braeriach 4,252ft KEEP CLIMBING http://chn.ge/VJ0gUn photo: jellymcbabymunroist.blogspot.com

    19. Reached 4,236 signatures
    20. Angus claims the Angel's Peak -- Just 4 More Munros Remain

      Angus Pattison GLASGOW has signed for the Angel's Peak -- Sgor an Lochain Uaine... 5th highest Munro at 4,127 feet.

      Angus writes, “We cannot allow the desecration of our landscapes in Scotland to continue due to political dogma.”

      Thank you to all our climbers!! Here's our list of peak signers:

      10 Ben Lawers 3,983ft Iain Anderson Garrett from KILWINNING UK
      9 Carn Mor Dearg 4,003ft Κατερίνα Κορρέ from Ρεθύμνου,Greece
      8 Aonach Mor 4,006ft Ernest Kirkbride WHITBY UK
      7 Aonach BeaG 4049ft Alexandra Steadman SKIPNESS ARGYLL
      6 Cairn Grom 4,082ft Ian Tolley from INVERNESS
      5 Sgor an Lochain Uaine 4,127ft Angus Pattison GLASGOW, UK

      The four tallest peaks in Scotland, the last four Munros, are less than 300 signatures away... Who will help climb? Who will bag these peaks? From which country will they hail?

      4 Cairn Toul 4,236ft
      3 Braeriach 4,252ft
      2 Ben Macdui 4,295ft
      1 Ben Nevis 4,409ft

      http://on.fb.me/WPpxgY

      Angus Pattison GLASGOW has signed for the ...

      Angus Pattison GLASGOW has signed for the Angel's Peak -- Sgor an Lochain Uaine... http://chn.ge/VJ0gUn 5th highest Munro at 4,127 feet. Angus writes, "We cannot allow the desecration of our landscapes in Scotland to continue due to political dogma." Thank you to all our climbers!!

    21. Reached 4,127 signatures
    22. Ian Tolley INVERNESS has claimed the summit of Cairn Gorm

      Due to some requests I received this late yesterday and this morning, I have agreed to extend the deadline over this weekend. (I can not extend it any further because I need to get the print files to the printer by Monday in preparation for the demonstration in Inverness on March 23rd.

      I will leave the petition live until the 23rd but signatures and comments after 9am Monday won't make it onto Alex Salmond's printed copy.)

      But meanwhile, LET's CLIMB THE FIVE TALLEST MUNROS:

      5 Sgor an Lochain Uaine 4,127ft
      4 Cairn Toul 4,236ft
      3 Braeriach 4,252ft
      2 Ben Macdui 4,295ft
      1 Ben Nevis 4,409ft

      http://on.fb.me/ZPuNgZ

      #4082 is Ian Tolley from INVERNESS who has ...

      4082 is Ian Tolley from INVERNESS who has claimed the summit of Cairn Gorm at 4,082 feet. http://chn.ge/VJ0gUn Cairn Gorm is the 6th highest peak in Scotland. Due to some requests I received this late yesterday and this morning, I have agreed to extend the deadline over this weekend.

    23. Reached 4,082 signatures
    24. Alexandra Steadman snatches Aonach Beag

      John Steadman of Perth was a few seconds behind Alexandra...
      http://on.fb.me/157rF1J

      #4049 Alexandra Steadman SKIPNESS ARGYLL summits

      4049 Alexandra Steadman SKIPNESS ARGYLL summits Aonach Beag the 7th highest Munro http://chn.ge/VJ0gUn Next peak is Cairn Gorm!

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    Reasons for signing

    • C.L. Howell LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      I had been planning a trip to Scotland and Ireland for many years, but now have no wish to invest my travel dollar in visiting a ruined industrial landscape. People don't come to the highlands to see flashing red lights and ugly transmission lines. You are destroying an economic opportunity for the benefit of a few big utility companies. Sorry I will not be visiting anytime soon, if ever.

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    • Harley Keisch PITTSFIELD, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      Turbine development is just the continuation of a very old, very sad story... the short-sighted exploitation of natural resources to create extreme wealth for a few individuals and corporations.

      Really nothing new here but the scale of the destruction and the complicity of so-called "environmental" advocates and organizations.

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    • margaret anne kemp ISLAY ARGYLL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      It is going to affect the fishermen,wildlife and tourism on Islay which is going to impact on all our livings

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    • Julia Cleave WIVENHOE ESSEX, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      My life-long love of the Scottish landscape - together with its people, Scotland's greatest asset.

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      • over 1 year ago

      because it is shameful to destroy a peaceful and inspiring landscape and because industrial developments of such proportions can't be imposed when there is a substantial part of the local communities against them

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