Update – May 2015
The Scottish Government decided to approve Dersalloch without holding a Public Local Inquiry, a decision we feel was wrong. This was announced on the same day the Commonwealth Games opened with the result that it was not covered in the media. 4,723 people objected including Dalmellington and Crosshill, Straiton & Kirkmichael Community Councils, 23 people wrote in support.
Initially both South and East Ayrshire Councils were keen to take the decision to Judicial Review as they felt the process had not been properly followed. They decided to withdraw, even though they knew the case was very strong, East Ayrshire only withdrew at the eleventh hour. Mark Gibson of Craigengillan took up the Judicial Review case and is being supported by East Ayrshire Council. Unfortunately his application for a cap on his liabilities was refused.
Dersalloch wind farm, proposed by Scottish Power, is a section 36 application which has gone before the Scottish Government. You can find details of the planning application here.
Here are the objection documents which were submitted in March 28th 2014. Save Straiton for Scotland and VisitStraiton made a joint objection.
Who is going to remove the rusting turbines at the end of their life?and all the concrete holding them up? Not very “green energy” to me. Save Straiton please!
We agree. Some landowners might be in for a big shock if they are held responsible for the removal of turbines and re-instating the landscape if some of the smaller wind farm developers go bust.