Fergus Ewing responds to calls for a summit for those adversely affected by wind farms

Fergus Ewing, Scottish Energy Minister
Fergus Ewing, Scottish Energy Minister

Fergus Ewing has responded to calls for a summit for communities and businesses adversely affected by wind farms saying that there while the Scottish Government is very willing to listen to all views he believes that current regulation is already strict enough.

Scores of local community groups had signed an open letter to the Energy Minister following an emergency summit Ewing convened in response to complaints from the renewables industry in Glasgow last month. The letter suggested that it was unfair that the minister had set up the summit for the renewables industry but had failed to set up a similar forum for those in favour of the subsidy cuts.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “We’re always ready to listen to a broad range of views. We will contact Scotland Against Spin shortly to engage with community and campaign groups.

“We’ve made it clear that windfarms can only be built in the right places.

“Scottish planning policy strikes a careful balance between utilising Scotland’s significant renewable energy resources whilst protecting our finest scenic landscapes, natural heritage and residential amenity.”

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