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UK’s wind farm policy in doubt after grandmother’s UN victory

Rachel Watson — Herald Scotland — August 31, 2013

A SCOTTISH grandmother has won a United Nations victory over the UK Government.

Christine Metcalfe, from Argyll, appeared before the UN to argue that the British Government had failed to fully inform the public about the negative effects of wind farms.

Mrs Metcalfe, who travelled to the UN in Geneva last December, discovered this week she had scored a notable victory in her fight against wind farms.

And although the 69-year-old’s victory was over the UK government’s policies, she used the ­occasion to accuse Alex Salmond of “bludgeoning” anyone who opposed the SNP’s renewables agenda.

Mrs Metcalfe, who lives near Taynuilt with her husband Peter, took the case, on behalf of the Avich-Kilchrenan Community Council, to the UN’s Economic Commission for Europe’s compliance committee after becoming increasingly frustrated when trying to access information about a wind farm near her home.

The UN committee ruled the UK Government had acted illegally by denying the public the right to be fully informed when drawing up the national renewable energy action plan.

The community councillor claimed the UK’s renewables policies had been drawn up in such a way that it denied the public the right to vital information.

She claimed this prevented people from learning of the negative effects that wind power can have on health, the environment and the economy.

The Carraig Gheal wind farm near Mrs Metcalfe’s home has 20 turbines which stand at up to 75 yards tall and have a blade diameter of up to 120 yards.  Continue reading full article, here…..

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