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BBC Scotland's Kate Fawcett reports
"The proposed windfarm is backed by the Earl of Strathmore"
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Friday, 14 July, 2000, 20:46 GMT 21:46 UK
Row blowing up over windfarm
An Angus hillside
Opponents say the winfarm would mar the countryside
Plans to build a windfarm near the Queen Mother's childhood home of Glamis Castle are blowing up a storm in Angus.

Protestors claim the turbines would be the height of a 2O storey block of flats and decimate local wildlife.

If the windfarm goes ahead the developers say it would have minimal visual impact, but protesters argue it would be an eyesore.

The Brewster family live in the shadow of the proposed development and are opposed to it.

A windfarm
Windfarms are becoming more common
They are organic farmers, but they do not see wind power as a key aid to improving the environment because they are keen supporters of hydro-electric power.

Jane Brewster said: "It (wind power) will not shut down a coal fired power station, it will not turn off nuclear, but because hydro-electric is so easy to switch on and off this will be taken over and above that."

Twelve turbines are proposed for the Angus development at Ark Hill - each with a height of 225 feet.

Michael Ryan is also opposed to the windfarm. He said: "The feeling is that because of the development of wind farms in England and Wales, about 90% of the planning applications south of the border are now being rejected and it may be easier to get planning permission in Scotland."

The proposed windfarm is backed by the Earl of Strathmore who believes income would be reinvested in the local community.

'Clean and sustainable'

It has been suggested some cash could be used to rennovate estate cottages and houses.

The idea has divided the local community and petitions - both for and against - are being compiled.

Fiona Gibbs is a supporter of the plan: "It's a compromise. Hospitals, they're not the most attractive buildings, but we've given up land for them because we need good health. The same with schools, railways, roads, they're all quite unsightly, but the fact is we need them."

Chris Shears, of Renewable Energy Systems, said: "We must remember that Angus hasn't got any generation capacity of its own.

"All the power in Angus comes from outside and perhaps it is time it starts doing it's part, as other areas are, to generate, clean sustainable electricty supplies."

The final decision rests with Angus Council.

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