Landscapes scarred by wind turbines

Figures obtained from the Forestry Commission recently revealed that millions of trees in Scotland have been torn down to make way for windfarms since the SNP came to power.

In total 2,510 hectares of forest have been cut down with only a fraction of these having been replanted since then.

The SNP’s drive towards their naïve renewable energy target has seen wind farms crop up throughout the Scottish countryside, and nowhere has this been more apparent than in the Borders.

Many of our beautiful landscapes have been scarred by these turbines, having an adverse effect on not only our environment but our tourism industry as well.

One of the main reasons behind the development of wind energy was to protect our environment, but these figures show they are doing more harm than good. It is astonishing to think that they have been responsible for the felling of so many trees, and as of yet very few have been replanted. It just goes to show the lasting damage that some of these wind farms are set to have on our countryside.

Figures from Scottish Borders Council showed that they handed out nearly £33,000 in compensation to motorists in the last financial year.

Most of the claims were in relation to potholes causing damages to vehicles, and in one case the total amounted to over £1,000.

Our roads have taken a battering in recent years, with successive tough winters taking their toll. It has resulted in more potholes than ever appearing, with some of them large enough to cause an extensive amount of damage to cars or cyclists who get caught out by them. While the situation has improved in recent years, these figures show that we still have a long way to go before our road network is up to standard.

With council budgets already being stretched this is money we simply cannot afford to be giving out.

Something needs to be done urgently to stop these claims from coming in. The only way we can do this is by making sure that our road network is properly supported.

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