Nights of worry over pylons
I WRITE in response to Rebecca Mcquillan’s column (“How pylons could become the next front in the culture war”, The Herald, February 8th)
A new phenomenon is growing in rural Scotland. In the early hours of the morning lights appear in windows as residents are unable to sleep.
What is to become of my farm, in the family for generations, who have established a quality of soil second to none, hence its class 1 or 2 status as arable land? What is to become of my business where people come to stay surrounded by unspoilt scenery, to view, to walk, to relax in? What is to become of my home with panoramic views I spent years planning and building with my own hands that will now be in the middle of an industrial landscape? What will I do with my home that I spent my life savings to buy to retire to, to embrace country living, the quiet, the wildlife, the views, which will all be desecrated, and no one will want to buy?
People recognise the need for net zero, but not at a cost to all that they hold dear and cherish. Scotland already produces almost enough electricity for our needs. This electricity is for export and a profit for energy companies. Figures suggesting that this is the cheaper option appear to have been plucked from the sky as alternatives of undergrounding and subsea have not been considered, never mind costed.
And so, those night-time lights in our rural homes continue to shine