Former US President George W Bush may be the most unlikely name yet enlisted in the fight against a major windfarm development on the Angus/Perthshire border.
Angus Council has been “swamped” by international objections to 14 turbines proposed for Black Hill in Glen Isla from the likes of the Netherlands, Western Australia and Jacksonville, Florida.
More than 200 objections have been lodged with the local authority at the rate of more than 20 a day stretching planners’ abilities to register them.
It is understood high-ranking objectors will enlist the aid of Mr Bush who visited the area as a teenager, in the hope of defeating Wind Prospect Developments Ltd’s application on behalf of EDF Energy Renewables.
George W Bush’s childhood friend Sir William Gammell, whose family have been permanent residents in the glen for almost 70 years, said it was “no place for such a large-scale industrial development”.
In the 1950s, Sir William’s father invested in a small Texan oil firm, Bush-Overby, owned by future president George Bush Sr. The two families became friends, with George W Bush spending the summer at the Gammell’s farm in the Angus glen.
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