“Planting a 650 foot experimental wind turbine within a few 100 metres of one of Scotland’s historically most deprived communities is a recipe for disaster”, said Linda Holt, spokeswoman for Scotland Against Spin.
“Once again the government is championing the profits of the wind industry before its prime duty to protect its citizens. The turbine will create next to no sustainable jobs for locals, but it will be a disturbing eyesore for many Fifers as it will dominate the Forth coastline.
“The developers said they didn’t know what the precise flicker and noise impacts would be on Methil residents because the turbine was experimental. But experience with much smaller turbines shows that people will suffer a range of health problems from the noise, flicker and shadow effect. Without an enforceable noise condition Methil residents are being sacrificed as guinea pigs.
“Why on earth is an offshore turbine being tested right next to where thousands of people live when it is being designed for use in conditions far out at sea?
“This is no more than a giant white elephant which panders to the green egos of our politicians and allows foreign firms to mop up 200% subsidies from British consumers.”
Linda Holt (Press Officer)
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