Lamont airs concerns over government’s wind farm stance

John Lamont MSP
John Lamont MSP

HAWICK MSP John Lamont has welcomed an announcement by Scottish Borders Council that it is to carry out telephone surveys in order to seek the opinion of local residents on wind farms.

However, the Tory member has questioned whether the SNP Government will pay any attention given that its has ignored the views of residents when considering a number of appeals from wind farm developers.

Mr Lamont told the Hawick News: “Finding out what local residents think on important issues such as this is always important. However, there have been many cases where local residents have strongly objected to the location of a new wind farm, the council’s planning officials have raised concerns and the councillors have opposed the plans and yet the SNP Scottish Government have approved the new wind farm regardless.

“It is no wonder that people get so frustrated with the planning system when they feel that their views are being ignored by the SNP Government.

“It is right that we look at renewable energy sources to power our nation and wind farms have a role to play in that. However, the SNP continue to encourage developers to flood our council with wind farm applications and more and more people are questioning the wisdom of this policy.”