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  1. The tidal power turbine plan seems to be moving fast, if those initial 60 turbines will be completed by 2011. Good news hopefully. http://www.shetlink.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6259&highlight= Getting up to the 25,000 MW range would seem to have it's own issues though..... I presume they would be scaling up the sizes, and not having 25,000 x the 1MW sized turbines initially proposed, but even then it is many thousands of turbines/generators and a lot of km of cables to be under all those fast tidal streams.
  2. No reason they shouldn't. I read not so long ago a village on the west coast of Scotland had got together and invested in a single large wind turbine, which they predicted would start making profit in something like 5 years I think it was. Here the interest I've hard about has been more round the smaller islands and some local halls etc. I'd presume there might be more coming, if the government grants make a short term return possible. Of course, for the greatest efficiency, the wind turbine still needs to be in a good location, which tends to mean on top of a hill. If you match total VE turbine numbers in scattered groups of 3 or 4 and put them on the tops of hills, you likely end up with a greater length of roads than VE have proposed. If you settle for less MW and use it just for Shetland then things can be smaller, but you have more difficulties in balancing power supply and demand with no interconnector, if you have a decent % of Shetland's power coming from wind generation. Lots of options, different balance of advantages and disadvantages in each.
  3. It's hard to see how you could have an informed consultation/referendum/political issue without spending time and money to develop at least the outline of a practical proposal, and that is a responsibility that private developers have to take on before they get to apply for planning permission too. Should the standards required be lower because public money is involved? As soon as somebody says, "I'm not sure how to vote on this.... how many turbines will there be?" and the answer is "Ah, we're not sure either, somewhere between 50 and 250" then where is the validity of either the question or the answer? The same applies to all of the other factors involved too. For a few people the issue is black and white, but for most there are a lot of, often conflicting, factors to weigh up.
  4. What is the simple question though? "Do you want any/no wind turbines?"? Most people would answer that they would have some at least, no? Then how many, and where, power for Shetland only/export as a business, more smaller turbines vs less larger turbines, what kind of financial deal/risk for the SIC investment, what kind of deal for landowners/electricity customers, what level of environmental impact is acceptable, how do the carbon impacts of various options compare in the long term....... then trying to compare all those potential against a projected alternative for sticking with an SSE power station and what kind of rise in electricity costs you think are likely in the next 50 years......then do you want to bring in the likelihood of developing tidal/wave power installations, with their commercial viability being affected by the inter-connector being or not being in place...... If they an get information covering those possibilities out there and get some informed public opinion back for £10,000 then I think they are doing pretty well.
  5. I'm sure you both know the reality of the 32000 acres figure. i) If you draw a boundary round all the wind turbines it takes in 32000 acres ii) If you measure the amount of ground disturbed by construction work it'd be a small % of that. iii) If you consider the landscape "lost" because you can see a wind turbine, then it'd be more than 32000 acres..... you can see them from outside the area of the application. iv) If you mean the amount of peat disturbed/drained then it'll all depend on the details of the VE plan, but again, they would be going some to get it up to 32000 acres, even on purpose.
  6. Presumably the real answer is "Yes, but XYZ..." for just about everybody, only that there will be 10,000 different XYZ conditions?
  7. Getting them built is not a big problem, they would be national scale projects (a Yell tunnel would be in the top 10 longest sub-sea road tunnels in the world), but nothing that pushes beyond existing techniques. The only real problem is the money, and as in my last post, that's not a simple thing to weigh up beyond saying it'd be a big sum, and that you would need to consider the indirect benefits to make it come out worthwhile.
  8. Just to clarify, I have no inside info at all, so the actual numbers are likely very out, but I think the jist of it is about right.
  9. Because tunnels are expensive, and a huge chunk (80%, 90%?) of the ferry revenue costs come from the rate support grant? The long term finances are not so easy to do a direct comparison, although no doubt accountas have some formula to work to. - £100m "cash" now for a tunnel, - or a £100m loan and pay it off, - or £2/3m a year on capital ferry costs and £100m spare to put into investments, with Edinburgh money giving you most of the ferry running costs.... at the moment, but not guarenteed to continue forever...... .....ferry wages contributing to isles ecconomy, vs tunnel money not, but tunnel money bringing other advantages for business, but maybe leading to more commuting/centralisation of services in the long term.....
  10. Meanwhile.... "Meanwhile islanders on Unst are to be consulted on the idea of a single track tunnel to Yell running beneath Bluemull Sound. However islanders are concerned that a 4.5 kilometre, single lane tunnel with traffic lights would leave traffic waiting for up to 15 minutes at each end." That would seem the big drawback, no way round the lighting cycle. Green for 5 minutes in the first direction All red for 5 minutes while crossing vehicles clear Green for 5 minutes in the 2nd direction All red for 5 minutes while crossing vehicles clear. So green for 5 minutes out of 20 in each direction.
  11. In the case of Lerwick I think there was an LPA requirement that further blasting and dredging could be carried out in the future to deepen the harbour.
  12. And Lerwick harbour is the shallowest, shortest, calmest one of the possible crossings, with the lowest ground on the approaches.
  13. "People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character." "Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense. " "Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies." "For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else." "We do what we must, and call it by the best names." "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know." A few from Emerson
  14. Assuming you both brake at the same rate you can get away with leaving enough distance to cover just the thinking time. The 2 second gap does OK for most things, no need to leave the full stopping distance. Leaving the thinking distance as a gap would be a step forward for some people though....
  15. From what I have heard the Building Control people are quite hard to get by with any construction method that is out of the ordinary. To not get held up with that stuff you'd be better to have all the insulation/breathability/"whatever else they ask for these days" figures available in advance. There would be some issues with getting a lot of concrete into Fetlar at one time too, but those should be things that can be worked round.
  16. I've been told that is the advanced driver training approach it too, but my take on that is that in a lot of cases you do not know that there IS nobody there, you only know that you have not SEEN anybody. You can come up with lots of 1 in 1000 cases..... maybe like a pedestrian behind a hedge who steps out to cross a side road because he can see you are not indicating to turn in...... not likely to happen too often for sure..... but more likely to happen than a problem caused by indicating what you ARE going to do..... I'd be interested to know why not signalling is recommended.
  17. There's definately times when people drive slower than needed to be safe for the conditions. There's also times when people drive faster than is safe. Telling the difference is the hard part There's not going to be many times when 60 is more fuel efficient than 50 though, although in the end it depends what price you put on your time too.
  18. George Soros and the 25 year bubble. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90328243
  19. Hmmm, think it maybe says something different now....... 146 Adapt your driving to the appropriate type and condition of road you are on. In particular * do not treat speed limits as a target. It is often not appropriate or safe to drive at the maximum speed limit * take the road and traffic conditions into account. Be prepared for unexpected or difficult situations, for example, the road being blocked beyond a blind bend. Be prepared to adjust your speed as a precaution * where there are junctions, be prepared for road users emerging 147 Be considerate. Be careful of and considerate towards all types of road users, especially those requiring extra care (see Rule 204). You should * try to be understanding if other road users cause problems; they may be inexperienced or not know the area well * be patient; remember that anyone can make a mistake * not allow yourself to become agitated or involved if someone is behaving badly on the road. This will only make the situation worse. Pull over, calm down and, when you feel relaxed, continue your journey * slow down and hold back if a road user pulls out into your path at a junction. Allow them to get clear. Do not over-react by driving too close behind to intimidate them Country roads 154 Take extra care on country roads and reduce your speed at approaches to bends, which can be sharper than they appear, and at junctions and turnings, which may be partially hidden. Be prepared for pedestrians, horse riders, cyclists, slow-moving farm vehicles or mud on the road surface. Make sure you can stop within the distance you can see to be clear. You should also reduce your speed where country roads enter villages.
  20. Could be worth getting one of those £5 onward flights and not using it.... instead of paying £10 for a heavier bag.....
  21. Yup, if you take the shortest route across you end up with one 1km and one 1.2km crossing over water, and some little distance I can't remember over the island. 2.5km is about right if you were going to bridge it, but the cost of doing that is huge money..... I think a 1km bridge would still make the top 20 longest spans in the world, 1.2km would be more like top 10. Ferry services as they are run at the moment do cost a lot, and do put restrictions on the isles, but a tunnel is the only remotely feasible way to put a fixed link between Yell or Whalsay and the mainland.
  22. If it's the Technika one then I think it's a rebranded Beko, made by Vestel in Turkey who make a lot of sets that end up with different names. Seem to get fair enough feedback for something in that kind of price range, but there were certainly 32" Bekos of some kind selling cheaper elsewhere..... different branding makes it hard to know if it's identical models though. Easy to shop around with this internet thing......
  23. Tidal power is something we should be looking at, but causewaying Yell Sound is another thing...... 2.5km wide and 50m deep water..... the envelope says that's likely getting up to around 50 million tonnes of rock......
  24. A write up and the finishing times online now. http://shetlandwheelers.co.uk/ Well done and thanks to everybody who entered or helped out.
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