Just as we were dusting ourselves down, recovering from the horror that was Linfairn Windfarm, Keirs Hill sneaked in with a festive treat for us to digest over Christmas. The timing didn’t deter our supporters who managed rustle up another 3000 objections (without having to bribe locals with electricity discounts, or pay people to canvas strangers in the streets of Ayr)! Now, as expected, Glenmount (RWE Npower) have come in with their Section 36 application, clearly desperate to cash in on the feeding frenzy before policy changes make the process less lucrative for them.
Time is extremely tight for this application, and we only have until
24th February 2014 **STOP PRESS: the DEADLINE IS EXTENDED to 10th March** to submit representations to the ECDU. SSfS have therefore prepared a how to object page to try to simplify the process for those who wish to make a considered objection.
The planning documents are not available online yet, although they are in the McCandlish Hall in Straiton and should soon be available on the East Ayrshire Council planning website. STOP PRESS: click here to see the key documents and key images. The non technical summary is available on the RWE website. The summary however shows that very little has actually changed from the original scoping documents (the turbines have reduced from 22 to 19). Some highlights which RWE point out are below and might just give you an indication of how they view the area they intend industrialising.
‘The .. site falls within a..locally designated Sensitive Landscape CharacterArea (SLCA).. [and].. would result in a localised significant impact..’
- ‘The local area could not be described as a popular tourism location’
- ‘There are also aspirations for dark sky tourism to be developed in
the area .. [and] the development of Loch Doon .. although these aspirationsare so far unfulfilled.’
- ‘Construction traffic [will travel] through the communities of Kirkmichael and
Straiton … will last for approximately 24 months, and will peak during months 2 to 5 (93 vehicle movements per day). A total of 152 abnormal load movements will be generated over months 15 to 20 in the delivery of large turbine components to site. [and] will be accompanied by police escorts to warn and control external traffic. Significant driver delay and community effects are forecast during the construction phase if unmitigated.’
There is plenty more information within these documents, clearly designed to shock locals and tourists alike. Notable of course is yet another developer making a determined effort to ignore the SNH commissioned East and South Ayrshire Wind Capacity Studies (2013) which explicitly state (yet again) that the site area cannot accommodate any large scale turbines.
If you are as horrified as us by this proposal please Object Now. SSfS will prepare a more detailed submission however please, as always, send us any additional comments or concerns you may have and we will ensure they get included.