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By Fiona Reid
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Windfarm website tracks D&G turbines

A WEBSITE has been launched which shows the scale of existing and proposed windfarm development across Dumfries and Galloway.

Newly-formed campaign group Save Our Hills has created the resource in a bid to raise awareness about the spread of onshore windfarms in south-west Scotland.

The online maps allow users to see developments either existing or proposed both for the region as a whole and for individual areas.

Their site – saveourhillsdumfriesandgalloway.co.uk – also aims to bring together communities which are campaigning against individual developments.

They argue the area is at “saturation point” and have expressed concerns that developers see Scotland generally, and Dumfries and Galloway in particular, as a “soft target” for large-scale projects.

Spokesman Iain Milligan said: “Communities right across Dumfries and Galloway have fought against windfarm developments for some time.

“The spread of windfarms across the area has been incremental, and it’s difficult for people to keep track of what’s coming down the tracks.

“Clearly, developers are seeing this part of the country as a soft target for development.”

Mr Milligan said that while his group appreciates the need for sustainable, clean energy generation, they believe it’s time to move away from enormous onshore windfarms and look at alternatives “which don’t compromise our landscape.”

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