We want your views!

Mail1South Ayrshire Council are in the process of producing guidance for wind farm development. Earlier they invited comments on a range of wind farm issues to shape this guidance. We’ve looked at some of the comments and note that quite a number of developers took part to get their point of view across. Some of those views include “an arbitrary 2km should not be drawn round each settlement”, “Landscape Character 17b is only appropriate for turbines 50-70m in height however this has been shown to be too conservative” It’s hardly surpsrising that these were made by RES who want to erect 149m turbines less than 2km from Waterside and Patna!

There are many other examples where developers appear to have a blatant disregard for communities, our precious landscape, planning guidance and the landscape study by SNH.

Please follow the link here to view the draft guidance. The team at Save Straiton are producing a comprehensive response to this draft and we would appreciate your views as well. Even if you only want to comment on one aspect of the draft guidance which you feel strongly about please let us know – and leave your own comment too of course!

Developers are using this opportunity to get their views across and have guidance written in their favour We must get our message to the Council: 2km is the very minimum distance from homes (turbines are very much larger than a few years ago), light flicker and noise must be assessed properly, river valleys should be protected, the Landscape Capacity Study should be strictly adhered to and most importantly individual homes should be given the same status as villages. There are many other issues of course but we feel these are some of the most critical.

We’re looking forward to receiving your comments.


Keirs Hill – updated information

Keirs Hill from Dunaskin Burn

This was taken from close to the remains of Laight Castle, a rectangular Tower House that is highly reputed to be the location that Alpine, the King of the Scots, was defeated and killed in a battle in 834. Keirs Hill is in the background. Note that a line of pylons on the far hillside is virtually invisible from this viewpoint but the turbines would be a very dominant feature.

Over the past few weeks we’ve been busy preparing our Case Outlines for the Keirs Hill Public Inquiry to be held at the end of September. RES have supplied additional information for their Application which can be viewed here.

Naturally we’ve looked at all the new information and remain convinced that this application is completely inappropriate for this location and is contrary to a myriad of local policies and guidelines.

We are working with our neighbours in the Doon Valley to mount a robust defence to protect individuals, communities, the landscape, tourism, recreational pursuits, and our culture and heritage.

Our Outlines have to be by this Friday, if anyone still wishes to speak and has not contacted us, please do tomorrow.