This beautiful photo shows exactly the area (between lochs Finlas and Doon) which would be covered by turbines if the Glenmount proposal goes ahead. (Click here to see other equally stunning images of this walk up to the summit of Craiglee).
Does the area look empty? It might interest you to know that the developers’ own bird surveys have revealed that the area of the proposed wind farm is used by no fewer that 84 species of birds, of 44 are of conservation concern. An amazing 40 species (24 of them threatened) actually have breeding territories on the site. Species seen at Glenmount, and protected by law, include Hen Harrier, Golden Eagle, Merlin, Peregrine, Goshawk, Hobby, Black Grouse, Golden Plover, Curlew … we can provide the full list if you’d like.
Still want to object? There’s time – the deadline has been extended to 10th March: click here to be re-directed to the objection page.
As you may be aware, SSfS received an extension for the Keirs Hill representation (well there was a lot to say about it!). This ensured that there was plenty of time to enlist the help of Landscape consultant Mark Steele, as well as pull our own objection together. These were submitted to the ECDU on Friday (7th Feb), and the documents are now available online for you to view. We have also included the submission from VisitStraiton, which we hope you’ll agree makes good reading!
Unfortunately Glenmount is in full flow, so no time to dwell on Keirs Hill. Developers RWE npower have already been giving us a bit of a headache, and that’s before their 36,000 vehicle journeys get near us! Both the Community Council and SSfS, following a lot of concern from local residents asked for a public meeting to be held so people could raise their own issues and hear what they had to say. RWE responded to this by selectively inviting some residents to an ‘appointment only’ discussion on Friday 14th February. This is far from ideal given most people on the route would have been unaware about the invitation. If anyone would still like to try to get an appointment, RWE can be contacted on 0845 717700 or emailed Glenmount@npower-renewables.com.
Failing that, however RWE have now agreed to hold a further drop in session in the McCandlish Hall on Tuesday 18 February between 4pm and 7pm (they really don’t want people to turn up at the same time do they?!). It is imperative that anybody to has concerns or questions about the proposal to try and make it along to the drop in session and make sure you get all the answers you are looking for. RWE have provided a traffic management plan which has some basic information so please have a look prior to going along just to give you a feel for what they are proposing.
With over 36,000 vehicle journeys passing through Kirkmichael and Straiton over a 20 month timeframe, including thousands of HGV vehicles and abnormal loads with police escorts, You may well be very concerned about delays, parking, vibration damage to properties, emergency access, not to mention the roadworks that will take place prior to the construction traffic in order to upgrade the route so it can handle these vehicles. How do they propose this traffic will be co-ordinated with Linfairn (40,000 journeys via Crosshill) and Dersallach (a similar number via Kirkmichael)? Whatever your concern, please turn up and make sure your voice is heard and your questions are answered.
At last RES have provided the missing images from the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment stating they “appear to have been omitted from some copies of the Final Environmental Statement due to an administrative error.”
This is the view from the drive up to Blairquhan, taken in the summer with trees is full leaf and with some white clouds behind the turbines. By doing this some of the turbines are hidden from view and others don’t appear as intrusive as they undoubtedly will be, especially as they will be moving feature.
The wireframe shows that all 17 turbines will be visible including 11 hubs. A startling amount when it is almost 4km away. The view from the drawing room and indeed all the rooms on the north side of this beautiful A listed castle would be significantly adversely affected.