Rhona Weir at Bute House
Rhona Weir at Bute House
Last week we were invited up to Bute House by Stop Highlands Windfarms Campaign to photograph Rhona Weir hand over the US petition which was publicly refused at the Inverness protest.

Pat Wells from Stop Highlands Windfarms Campaign said “We intend this to be a dignified event, not a protest demonstration. We hope that this time the First Minister will spare two or three minutes of his time to accept publicly, the petition from Mrs Weir at Bute House on 16 April.”

The petition states;

We the people from all over the world who love Scotland, petition First Minister Alex Salmond and Energy Minister Fergus Ewing to stop the reckless siting of wind turbines in Scotland.

Rhona Weir handing over petition
Rhona Weir handing over petition
Rhona Weir and a small delegate were given access to Alex Salmond for handing over the petition. The meeting lasted for half an hour, and media was given access for a couple of minutes before being ushered back out of the room.

Rhona Weir is the widow of late husband Tom Weir, who is a well known Author and TV Broadcaster, made famous for his program Weir’s Way, which explored the great Scottish Landscape, the natural history and meeting its people.

This was the second attempt by SHWC and Rhona Weir to deliver the petition to Alex Salmond, and on this successful occasion, Mrs Weir had a message to deliver to Alex Salmond;

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.

I know my late husband, Tom Weir would have been appalled at the present proliferation of wind turbines defacing the land he loved.

In a country now short of productive industry, the pecuniary importance of tourism should not be understated, especially as it is the mainstay of the economy in rural Scotland and the Islands.

Wind turbines however are already having an impact on tourism as indicated by the 40% of those questioned in a recent survey who said they would not return if the landscape continued to be industrialised by wind turbines.

This attitude is endorsed by many of the 4,500 strong potential visitors, many from overseas, who have signed the petition I am handing over to you today.

Also, not to be ignored is the recent call by Loch Lomond and Trossach National Park planners for research into the effect turbines are having on tourism.

We need electricity, but surely in a country renowned for its engineering skills, alternative means of production could be developed. We don’t lack water. Could we not harness river power and hydro schemes constructed in suitable locations?

As it is, we as citizens are footing unacceptable rises in our electricity bills for power emanating from a source that is intrusive, spasmodic (and therefore unreliable), inefficient and requiring back-up, damaging to the earth’s sub-structure, costly to construct and operate, noisy, with a limited life-span and without obvious means of eventual annihilation.

I rest my case but will never rest my efforts to save the country I love from this needless blight

Rhona M Weir

Stop Highlands Windfarms Campaign: http://www.shwc.co.uk/

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