Concerns raised over Scottish wind farm

The building of a huge wind farm near the town of Moffat, Scotland, was thrown into jeopardy yesterday when a council unanimously opted to oppose the plans, it has been reported.

Wind Energy Ltd hoped to erect 36 giant turbines close to a spectacular natural hollow in nearby hills known as the Devil's Beef Tub, according to the Southern Reporter.

If they were given the green light, the company says the wind farm would be capable of generating 108MW of electricity.

Councillor Catriona Bhatia, who objects to the plans, told the newspaper: "I believe the cumulative impact of wind farms of this area of outstanding beauty is the most critical issue here and it is now time for the Scottish government to call a halt."

Local MP David Mundell added: "This is not Nimbyism or anti-wind farm, but a clear message that this wind farm is in the wrong place.

"It would be totally unacceptable now if this was given permission at government level."

The name Devil's Beef Tub derives from its use by the Border Reivers to hide stolen cattle.

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