Letters

Church fete

Kirkmichael’s annual event

The Manse Garden will be the perfect venue for this year’s fete on Saturday 16 August. The fete starts at 2pm with a short opening ceremony by Mrs Janet Jones, wife of the Rev Gerald Jones, Minister at Kirkmichael with Straiton, and will comprise the usual stalls (books, fancy goods, homebaking, etc), with other attractions to suit all tastes.

Delicious homebaking will be available for purchase, while afternoon teas will be served in a marquee on the lawn. A pet show is at 3pm (with prizes for the best pets) will add to the interest of this popular event.

We are most grateful for the generous support received in the past and trust that we can look forward to the goodwill of the congregation and wider community this year. If you are new to the area or would enjoy an afternoon in a charming rural setting, Gerald and Janet Jones offer you a specially warm welcome to the fet and to their lovely garden- an occasion now a highlight in the life of this community.

Reverend Gerald Jones

Minister, Kirkmichael with Straiton

Beautiful Game

Memories wanted

As part of my job as an activity co-ordinator at Ainslie Manor, alongside my colleague Elizabeth I am wishing to set up a fortnightly “Football memories club”. So I am hoping some of your football loving readers could perhaps supply us with (photo copies) of old programmes, pictures etc (nothing precious please!) I am to show old matches and current ones and have a debate on our dream Scotland squad etc.

Lin Kolatobwicz

Ainslie Manor

Windfarms

Health Effects

Last week you reported the consent of Dersalloch windfarm, quietly announced on the same day the Commonwealth Games opened, by Fergus Ewing minister for Energy and Tourism. Also you reported the delight of some members of community councils in North Carrick at a partnership with local estates and a developer at the prospect of a community wind farm at Knowside Hill. The previous week you reported how Girvan was to benefit from the revenue from Tralorg wind farm through a deal struck between PNE Wind UK and community councils. What is not reported are the stressful effects these windfarms will bring to the communities living closest to them.

Continuing to deny peer reviewed evidence, emerging on a daily basis, that windturbines do damage the health of those forced to live in close proximity (because their homes become unsellable) is untenable. We have examples of those suffering locally similar, if not identical to the unfortunate family in Donegal, whose house is now vibrating due to proximity of wind turbines. Results are judged likely to be catastrophic for these families and others over the long term with vibro acoustic disease likely as well as the other sleep disturbance and wind turbine syndrome symptoms. Health professionals and acousticians currently unsure or even unaware of the existence of vibro-acoustic disease and its permanent effects, need to understand this. So too do government authorities imposing a policy where the checks and balances have not been completed.

Our farming communities are being targeted as never before without being made aware of any dis-benefits or reports. Animal studies & reports now exist showing alarming effects. Schools are welcoming developers to speak about the advantages of the technology. The Scottish and UK government and the wind industry has not conducted the crucial independent human impact research which shows that these turbines are not responsible for the sleep disturbance and health problems being experienced here and all around the world, yet they persist in dismissing peer reviewed professional reports. Just last week the German authorities announced that it is now clear that there is a very real issue with low frequency sound and recognise that they both need to update their regulations and complete more research. In respect of wind power, information is now available to show why and how the precautionary principle is missing, and the subsequent risks involved. Those living close to Arecleoch and Mark Hill may have noticed an improvement in their health whilst these turbines are switched off during the summer months to allow upgrades to transmission infrastructure.

More information on health impacts can be found at www.windsofjustice.org.uk .

Susan Crosthwaite

Cosses Country House

Planning rules

Planning rules ensure that only neighbours next to or within 20m of the site of a proposed mast or wind turbine are directly notified of a planning application for such a structure. This policy is not fit for purpose. It meant that nobody at all was directly notified of Ecotricity’s application for an 80m high meteorological mast at Kirkdale Hill near Carsluith and directly across the bay from Wigtown. Planning rules say that one advertisement in a local newspaper is deemed sufficient notification of such a planning application. I entirely disagree. Ecotricity not only wants to install the mast but is working towards submitting a planning application later this year for the California Wind Park - 7 industrial wind turbines each 126m in height also on Kirkdale Hill. Such proposals could have a significant impact on our landscape, historic monuments, dark skies, bird life, tourism and our local economy. Planning rules need to be reformed so that much more must be done to ensure that people are made aware of planning applications such as the one for the proposed mast. It is vital that people are informed and able to have their say.

Michele Acton

Wigtown

referendum

NHS not under threat

Alieen McLeod MSP’s recent comments about the NHS being under threat from a ‘no’ vote in September is frankly utter nonsense. Whilst we all welcome a robust discussion on independence, does Aileen McLeod consider it appropriate for an MSP to denigrate the NHS and all its hard working staff by using it as a political pawn in the SNP’s strategy of scare tactics?

Jim Hume MSP