Last week all 7 hydro schemes in Glen Etive were approved for planning permission. There’s a final chance to stop these schemes, thanks to a motion tabled by Cllr Andrew Baxter.
To be allowed to take part, these Highland Councillors need to get involved in the process immediately. We’ve written an email to send to them, or you can write your own. We’ve compiled a list of the councilors to send them to.
As a regular visitor / resident of the Highlands, I urge you to take action to preserve the Wild Land of Glen Etive. 3 of the 7 proposed hydro schemes planned for this glen are to be situated within its wild eastern flank they risk degrading the very thing that makes the Highlands special. The many concerns around the environmental impact of these schemes, the technical issues with their construction and the insignificant amount of power produced have all been heard and ignored by the planning department. Our hope is that you will consider these schemes in the wider context.
Development of wild land makes a mockery of this new and much needed designation. The construction of several HEPs in this landscape by an absentee landlord allows the creation of wealth for the few at expense of the wider community that benefit from Scotland’s breath-taking landscapes. It would be hoped that those who strive for an environmentally conscious Scotland, proud of it’s landscapes and progressive in it’s policies would act to protect such an iconic glen.
Please show your support for the by engaging in the upcoming review of the planning decisions.