It seems clear that councillors, collectively, do not intend to support the Shetland public’s democratic right to a referendum on Viking Energy’s giant windfarm. Nor do we hear the same councillor/trustees of Shetland Charitable Trust voicing their misgivings, their doubts or fears about the security of the investments from our oil funds to this project; can they say the financial investment is totally risk free? And as the council is also the planning authority there is no independent body here to say nay or stay the project.
With the prospect of more windfarm applications from energy companies looming over us, surely we have the right to be heard, for a public inquiry to take place, before forests of turbines cover these islands. If allowed, they could be here for many years as we become an industrial waste site for Britain, out of sight, not blighting their landscape.
Without a public inquiry and no referendum, and if councillors do not heed our views – for or against – why should the Viking Energy project be allowed to go ahead?
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