So Alistair Cooper “would like to see the environment protected with the creation of a body like SOTEAG that has monitored SVT for the past 50 years” (SIC leader says wind farm investment decision a ‘positive’ step forward in ‘uncertain economic times’; SN, 17 June 2020).
He or his memory is surely playing tricks, because the creation of a body called the Shetland Windfarm Environmental Advisory Group (SWEAG) was a CONDITION of planning consent for the Viking Energy wind farm, and was supposed to be constituted before any development works began.
I wonder if Steven Coutts et al are aware of any meetings having taken place?
Councillors should also note that SWEAG was not applicable to other Shetland wind farms in the planning system, so it appears to have been a bit of a misnomer.
But turning a blind eye or a deaf ear to such anomalies, and to any opposition that has been voiced over the past twelve years or so, is par for the course – with some notable exceptions. Congratulations to Moraig Lyall for speaking out, though alas I fear it’s a bit late in the day.
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