Petitioning: the power of numbers

I thought you may be interested to know now that our petition has broken the 700 barrier today that the Beauly-Denny 400kV super-grid that no-one wanted achieved over 17,500 objected but was still consented by the Scottish Government. So we need to do better – much better than this and we will only achieve this by everyone getting behind the … More Petitioning: the power of numbers

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Getting your voice heard: communicating with Dumfries & Galloway Councillors

When you want to make representation to elected Councillors to express your concerns about SPENs proposals for the Strategic Reinforcement Project and particularly how it will blight you, your family and your community it is not an easy task to access the e-mail addresses of all the Councillors so what I have done is to bring … More Getting your voice heard: communicating with Dumfries & Galloway Councillors

Urgent: We need more time to respond (I’m please to say SPEN have listened to us and we now have to the 31 August 2015)

It is now becoming apparent that many residents within Dumfries & Galloway who are potentially affected by this proposal are beginning to think deeply about how to respond and the same is true for a number of Community Councils who only meet every 4-6 weeks. At the consultation SPEN held yesterday in Dunscore Village Hall it became … More Urgent: We need more time to respond (I’m please to say SPEN have listened to us and we now have to the 31 August 2015)

Well-being: how we feel aboutwhere we live!

Yesterday I talked about the recent ONS UK survey of well-being and how this proposal by Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN) could reduce the capital value (the value of our homes) by something in the order of £100m. Today I want to discuss another, potentially more important, element of this survey – that is, how we feel about … More Well-being: how we feel aboutwhere we live!

Loss of economic capital: what will SPENs proposal cost the region?

Yesterday I talked about negative externalities and I gave an example from a paper by Sims and Dent (2005) in relation to their research into determining the effect of power lines and pylons and how they negatively impact the value of adjacent homes. Today I have been reading about National Well-being, something the government keeps … More Loss of economic capital: what will SPENs proposal cost the region?

What about the value of my home: will it fall in value and by how much?

A paper by Sally Sims and Peter Dent of Oxford Brookes University explores this subject, albeit in an urban environment. They found that if an overhead line is within 100m of a property it reduces the value by up to 17% whereas if a pylon is within 250m of a property it can reduce in value … More What about the value of my home: will it fall in value and by how much?

No Internet: how best to handle this?

Several concerned residents have been in touch to report problems with internet communications.  Firstly, in upland rural areas quite a number of people don’t have a land-line telephone connection and consequently don’t have broadband access.  Secondly, a number have elderly neighbours who don’t have access to a PC. Both groups, although concerned about Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN) proposal … More No Internet: how best to handle this?

Petitioning: but what is it we want to petition about?

When we first looked into creating an on-line petition on behalf of concerned residents in Dumfries & Galloway against Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN) Strategic Reinforcement Project the first question that came to mind was: what is the basis of the petition?  In other words, what do we want to petition about? That’s a tough question because it … More Petitioning: but what is it we want to petition about?