Tuesday, 19 October 2010

ISLANDERS PROTEST ABOUT THE WIND FARM

The West Uist Chronicle has always prided itself on standing up for the common good.  Everyone on teh island knows that there is no place like West Uist. We have everything you could need. Community spirit, fantastic natural resources, staggering scenery - and plenty of wind.
     
Well, the wind is proving more than a bone of contention at the moment. The new owner of Dunshiffin Castle, who does not wish to be named, even though he is claiming to be the 'Laird,' has plans to turn the Wee Kingdom into a wind farm.

    As everyone knows, the Wee Kingdom has been a crofting community ever since the Rising of 1745. The tenants have rights of farming, fishing and shooting on the little star-shaped islet. Now the new 'Laird' is threatening to change all that. The West Uist chronicle asks 'is this fair?' 'Is this the thin end of the wedge?'

 If like us at the Chronicle you have concerns about these two issues - firstly, should we welcome a wind farm on our island? And secondly, are we prepared to sit and let outsiders ride rough-shod over us and our folk? - then come to the Duncan institute tonight for a meeting about the issues of wind. It promises to be a lively discussion.


Calum Steele
Editor

Inspector Torquil McKinnon had been devastated when he returned to the island to discover that Constable Ewan McPhee, his best friend was missing, presumed drowned. Then when a crofter died in a climbing accident, a dog was poisoned and a body was discovered face down in a rock pool, he began to suspect that there was a killer on the loose. Could all this somehow be connected with the controversial building of wind towers which enraged the local crafting community and worried the conservation group?


If you want to know more, then read the novel   DEATHLY WIND by Keith Moray