Dundee Road Bridge from Fife
Dundee has one of the most attractive city scapes in the country. As a child I used to marvel at the view across the river Tay to Fife from many city streets but the town councillors were never talented enough to pass the better plans to develop the waterfront into one of Scotland's finest. Long before the 1960s some town architects and planners had spectacular ideas which never gained planning approval and instead, in the 1960s, it was decided to demolish the waterfront and bring the road bridge right into the city centre, accompanied by monstrous buildings such as Tayside House.
In recent years the town council have acknowledged the waterfront area is a disaster and buildings such as Tayside House are to be demolished to make way for the 'Dundee Waterfront Vision' which hopefully will include a branch of the V & A. The whole project will be exceptionally expensive but Dundee deserves some tender loving care. In days gone by it contributed greatly to the Scottish economy with little reward.
However, now the Port of Dundee (owned by Forth Ports PLC) want to place two giant wind turbines in the river. The plan for the 127 metre high structures at Stannergate (not far from the city centre) will ruin the city's skyline angry residents have claimed. Forth Ports and Scottish & Southern Energy have claimed Dundee could become a 'powerhouse' of renewable energy if the turbines are given the go-ahead.
Placing two windmills in the middle of one of the most lovely estuaries in the UK is certainly not going to enhance the view from either side of the river. These monstrosities are completely inappropriate for the city's new waterfront.
It's nothing to do with Dundee being a 'powerhouse' for renewables either and I agree with residents that this plan is all to do with Forth Ports wanting to make money and nothing to do with Dundee. If renewable energy was the reason why haven't tidal and wave power been considered?
A spokesman for Forth Energy said: "At this stage of the project we are keen to hear from local residents and stakeholders to get their view on our proposals." You will, believe me, you will hear from those interested. Why this project has reached this stage defeats me. Once again, Dundee town councillors have let the people down by allowing this project to reach this stage.
Have a look at the animation video and imagine two 127 foot wind turbines just yards from the shore. It's enough to make even the toughest Dundonian weep.