Published in today's Stirling Observer (11 May 2012) under the title 'Turbine bid turning nasty':
Dear Editor - Re "Turbine Campaign is Getting Personal" on the front page of the Stirling Observer, April 27.
Many windfarm proposals across the UK have proved extremely divisive - splitting communities; pitting friend against friend; even family members against one another.
During Endrick Valley Action Group's (EVAG) first campaign, we were never aware of moves made by the energy company which could be construed as fostering or exacerbating that divisiveness.
Despite one of the present landowners drawing attention to herself in the street and following up her remarks on a social networking site, Banks Renewables' PR company issued a press release placing culpability with local objectors, many of whom have lived their whole lives in the area.
The press release has been put up on Banks Renewables' website.
Vituperative venom has now been spawned.
One blog refers to "the delustional fools of EVAG and its sister covens"; "the morons who've just moved to the area"; "local hoodlums" and "the family that has been there for five decades when many of the nimbies have only just turned up".
Banks Renewables is relatively new to the windfarm business.
The company would do well to pay heed to its own slogan - "Development with Care".