Tuesday 3 November 2009

Beauly-Denny Action

Since my post on October 29 about the leaked news that the Scottish government was to give the go ahead to the Beauly-Denny Power Line, which will carve a horrific industrial slash through the Scottish Highlands, the groups forming the Beauly-Denny Landscape Group have called on their members and all those opposed to the line to write to Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister at First.Minister@scotland.gsi.gov.uk.

The John Muir Trust has a good piece than this on its website here. Emails to Alex Salmond could point out that the landscape the pylons would pass through is irreplaceable and finite and part of Scotland’s heritage and that there are alternatives in the east coast power line and sub-sea cables. Even a short email just objecting is worth sending.

Photo info: Camping with pylons. Canon EOS 350D, 18-55 @ 24mm, 1/400@ f8, ISO 200, raw file converted to JEPG in Lightroom 2.5


  1. Here's hoping the SNP government has a rethink Chris.
    They seem to have got a bee in their bonnet about 'renewables', and assume everything with a 'green' tag, no matter how tenuous, is a good thing.

    I said in my email to Mr.Salmon that this 'renewable' horse he is riding at the moment may turn around and bite him at the next election.

    I've been talking a few folk who have sent emails, and it is the first time they have ever taken such action.
    Fingers crossed that a last minute deluge of objections have some effect.
    Mike fae Dundee.

  2. Chris, i've emailed the First Minister's office registering my objection.

    To be honest I despair at the mess that seems to presently pass for a UK energy policy. Not that any of the political parties give much cause for optimism; even the greens are, at best, incoherent on the subject.

    The siting of energy generation (power stations, gas works, etc.) was traditionally close to areas of greatest consumption - the west and east midlands, south yorkshire, the north east, the Severn estuary, the Forth/Clyde valley. This made perfect sense; the current vogue for generating sometimes trifling amounts of energy in remote locations just seems to me to be totally misguided.

    How much is left of the trickle from some of these turbines by the time it reaches plug socket?

  3. Gibson and Lynne4 November 2009 at 17:08

    We will certainly be doing this tonight and I hope others will too.

  4. Also sent my thoughts of great disappointment to our First Minister.

  5. I've made 4 attempts to send an e-mail to but have had it returned each time. Anyone else had this problem?

  6. Gibson, I sent an e-mail several days ago and it hasn't come back.

  7. Thanks Chris. I can't think what's going wrong!

  8. Did take two attempts to cut & paste for me as returned first time.