Inquiry gets underway

Doon Valley Golf Course with Keirs Hill in background

This was taken from the delightful Doon Valley Golf Course looking toward Keirs Hill where the proposed development would be positioned.

The Public Inquiry into the proposed Keirs Hill wind farm got underway in Dalmellington today. During the first week the impacts that the proposal would have on the landscape, settlements and individual homes will be covered.

Save Straiton for Scotland will present their evidence on Thursday. If you are able to attend for all, or part, of the day please do so. Your support will be much appreciated by the team.

During the second week impacts on Cultural Heritage (Tuesday 6th), Tourism and Recreation will be heard (Wednesday 7th).

Sessions start at 9.30am and finish at 4.30pm with a break for lunch at around 12.30 -1pm for 1 hour. It is being held in Dalmellington Community Centre which is on the left as you enter the village from the north. There is plenty of parking space and you are welcome to and go as you please (just mind the squeaky door and close it gently!).

A super walk and scrummy barbecue

Strollers crossing a bridge with the monument in background-sml

©Anthony Dawson Photography

A beautiful walk was enjoyed by supporters – the perfect way to build up an appetite for the delicious barbecue back in the village. The walk was new to many and gave some fine views of the village and surrounding hills which we are striving to protect. Chair of Save Straiton for Scotland, Lala Burchall-Nolan gave a detailed update of the campaign. This included the forthcoming Public Inquiry into the Keirs Hill wind farm proposal. Among the strollers were friends from over the hill in Waterside who will be severely affected by this proposed development. The Inquiry starts on the 28th September and supporters were asked to attend and lend their support if they were able.

A huge vote of thanks to all those who contributed cash, wine, raffle prizes, food and their precious time to make the event a success. Over £760 was raised! Special thanks to Katie and Joy who took on the organisation of the barbecue and did such a brilliant job.

Walkers gather outside the Hall

Join us for a Stroll and Barbecue

Straiton Stroll PosterSunday 20th Sept 1.30pm McCandlish Hall

We’d love to see you at our Stroll and Barbecue. Our route might well be new to many walkers as it’s not long established, plus there are alternative shorter routes. Great views of the glorious countryside from all routes. Non-walkers are very welcome – come along a little later to welcome the trekkers back. There’ll be all the latest campaign news, a fantastic raffle, photo competition and lots of delicious food and drink some Juicing daily drinks to enjoy.

Donations very welcome, contact our co-ordinator Katie at