IT is telling that Susan Law's Agenda article ("Practicality is key if we want more turbines", The Herald, October 15) makes no mention of the communities and people who live in the areas “that aren’t the most accessible”. It is however a useful insight into how the factors, landowners and money people view the communities in these areas – they don’t even register in their thought processes. It is an attitude reminiscent of a different era.

The fact that the people who live in places like the Highlands aren’t not even part of her thinking in achieving the “green recovery” is telling and worrying, especially as she is advocating compulsory purchase to further the factors and landowners' ambition – to save the planet or make more money?

Many of the communities in these far-flung areas care desperately about the environment: the hills and lochs, the blanket peat and moorland, the glens and straths and don’t view wind turbines and associated pylons as an enhancement to this environment. And especially on the scale that is being proposed.

Our community was the first to have an onshore wind farm in the Highlands. We now have five wind farms operating, additionally there is the Strathrory wind farm in planning and three more wind farms being investigated. The new turbines are massive at 180m. We have become a “wind farm sink estate”, and it is happening in other areas of Scotland too. Where we live is now totally dominated by these wind turbines and their associated infrastructure such as pylons. I have to wonder what the long-term future for these fragile communities is if this onslaught continues.

So let’s have a conversation about the “green recovery”, but let's include the people who are directly effected by the politics. And remember Ms Law’s article is predicated on consumption, but insatiable consumption is exactly why we have a problem with global warming. Energy saving and reducing consumption is more effective and longer lasting and offers a better more sustainable future.

John Edmondson, Strathrusdale, Ross-shire.


MAY I thank Ian Turner (Letters, October 13) and subsequent correspondents (Letters, October 15) for highlighting the new smoke alarm requirements. My burglar alarm installers have to be congratulated on notifying me of this further imposition on our lives. I have often wondered how on earth every house in the country is to be compliant by February 1, 2021, but fearful of problems with my insurers, I telephoned our burglar alarm company and agreed a price which is proportionate to the figure of £220 for an average three-bedroom house quoted by Kathleen Gorrie.

As Simon Paterson points out, we must all have our houses equipped with fire, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, but these, as advised by my burglar alarm company, must be interconnected. On asking my provider how this might be achieved, I was told that it would be done wirelessly, with no cables or breaking of plasterwork, a concept outwith the understanding of a mere accountant.

David Miller, Milngavie.


TYPICAL BBC. Reporting on the day of extreme rain on October 3 – it has been declared the UK's wettest day on record – it stated that enough rain fell to fill the biggest "lake" in the UK, Loch Ness. The monster will soon raise its ugly head. Surely a more appropriate term would have been the "largest inland body of fresh water in the UK".

Steve Barnet, Gargunnock.