Some good news

SSE have abandoned their plans to extend Hadyard Hill wind farm with another 22 turbines. South Ayrshire’s Planning Committee had recommended refusal which meant a Public Local Inquiry would be held. SSE stated that they “decided for commercial reasons not to proceed with this particular application.”

We are delighted. The proposal would have had serious negative impacts on the Stinchar and Girvan valleys and many homes would have suffered unacceptable effects.

A Seminar on Wind Turbine Noise

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, 301 Argyle St, Glasgow.
Friday 22nd September 2017 at 7pm. Tickets: £7.50

“Bigger is Better and Scotland’s stepping stone to the future”

According to the wind energy industry “Bigger is Better”, because bigger turbines will generate more electricity and compensate financially for the recent reduction in government subsidies.

There are around 3000 wind turbines across Scotland. Inadequate government control of the distances between turbines and homes has already allowed developers to unintentionally degrade the health of many victims, and even drive families out of their homes. There is also clear scientific evidence that even bigger turbines will increase their existing sound power emissions, along with the accompanying infrasound and potential adverse health impacts on those affected. By way of example, the two very large ‘test’ turbines erected by Scottish and Southern Electricity at Hunterston in North Ayrshire have grossly affected the health of people living on the Isle of Cumbrae and in Fairlie, up to 3 km from the turbines. 17 people including 2 children, all complain of similar symptoms. Their GPs can do nothing to help them as their ‘condition’ is not recognised by public health.

Similar symptoms such as loss of balance, nausea, loss of coordination, a pressure in the ear, thumping in the head or chest, urinary and bowel incontinence, epistaxis (high volume nosebleeds) are already being reported from people living in close proximity to turbines and windfarms in other areas of Scotland, UK and elsewhere in the world. Common to all “sufferers” is that the symptoms recede when they move away from the turbines. It is believed that these symptoms are caused by the infrasound emission, which is very low frequency sound.

So, the real problem with wind turbine noise is not audible noise; it is the infrasound emission, and as yet there are neither standards nor planning guidance to deal with it.

This is already a public health catastrophe, which cannot be merely attributed to victims “disliking turbines” or any other pseudo-psychological reasons, or “non-acoustic factors”, as often proposed by the wind energy industry to explain reported adverse health symptoms.

The speakers at the Glasgow Seminar are Professor Mariana Alves Pereria and Dr John Yelland, both acknowledged experts in this highly specialised field of science, which up to now has been largely ignored, to the cost of an ever-increasing number wind farm noise victims.

The Seminar will be of interest to: Anyone Living Close to Turbines, Wind Energy Developers, Public Health Protection Officials, Environmental Health Officers, General Practitioners, Councillors and Council Officers, Members of the Scottish and Westminster Parliaments, and indeed anyone seeking to understand the truth about wind turbine noise.

Further information and registration details are at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-seminar-on-wind-turbine-noise-tickets-37006124314?aff=es2

This seminar has been arranged by Winds of Justice and a member of the Save Straiton team will be attending.

 

Linfairn Inquiry postponed

Cheers everyone!

Henry Anderson, Bill Grant MP, and Barbara Anderson at the Afternoon Tea

What a delicious way to celebrate our success! Pink bubbly, Pimms and scrumptious baking. Our newly-elected MP, Bill Grant, (pictured above) came along and addressed the gathering giving words of encouragement in our fight against WilloWind and their plans to ruin the upper Girvan valley.

Chair of Save Straiton, Lala, spoke about our recent success and asked everyone to help in the forthcoming Public Inquiry into Linfairn. This can be done in three ways: firstly, you can volunteer to speak at the Inquiry and we’ll give you all the help and support you need. Secondly you can support those who are speaking and/or taking part in the Inquiry by helping them with daily tasks (picking children up, walking dogs, providing sandwiches etc) and thirdly by making a financial contribution to the campaign.

The Public Inquiry sessions will last 10 days and starts on Tuesday 23 October and finishes on Friday 3 November. Please come along and listen to the evidence and support us in what we hope will be our last fight.

A huge thank you to Jeanette and her team who ran the event. Over £1,000 was raised. Thank you to all those who came along to enjoy the afternoon, bought raffle tickets and gave donations.

You’re invited to tea and a glass of bubbly

Invitation to Afternoon TeaCome along next Sunday to celebrate our recent success and hear the latest on what we believe is our final wind farm application – Linfairn.

There’ll be some delicious home baking, Pimms, homemade lemonade, a glass or two of bubbly and tea and coffee. And of course we’ll have one of our famous Straiton raffles.

We look forward to seeing you at 2pm on Sunday 23 in the McCandlish Hall, Straiton.

Read all about it – our latest newsletter is out now

Image of July 2017 Newsltter

Our June 2017 newsletter is out now, click here to download a pdf version.

On Wednesday 28 June at 6pm the Pre Enquiry Meeting will be held in the McCandlish Hall. This is a procedural meeting to set a date and location for the Enquiry and various other matters. If you can manage to come along we’d love to see you. Please email Liz Kerr Liz.Kerr@gov.scot to let her know you will be attending so she has an idea of numbers.

Next month we’re having an Afternoon Tea in the Hall. Keep Sunday 23 July free between 2 and 4 for a glass of bubbly, home-made lemonade and some mouth-watering baking.

Knockskae is defeated!

Two women standing with arms and thumbs up

Brookfield have just announced they are not going to appeal the decision to refuse planning permission for Knockskae wind farm.

They stated “Having considered all future avenues for the project and the reasons for the refusal, we have decided not to proceed with an appeal and to close out current and future development work on Knockskae.”

A huge thank you to everyone who objected and to those who spoke out at the Council’s planning meeting. All our hard work spent studying the Application in detail and writing our comprehensive objection has paid off.

The Developer has recognised that this wind farm was just plain wrong.

Rumbling to a thundering success!

Bric-a-brac stall at the jumble sale

A huge thank you to all who helped at our Rumble in the Jumble on Saturday. We made massive £1,649.32! The final figure will be even higher after some late sales and donations are counted. A great result!

Thank you to all those who donated such great items for sale including a roof box; some beautiful furniture; an electric Zeiss microscope; vintage cameras and a plethora of excellent gardening and fishing gear, not forgetting toys, clothes and an excellent selection of books.

A very big thank you to all those who helped on the day serving up delicious teas and lunches; running the tombola and caption contest and those who manned the stalls. Thanks also to those who took tables and to everyone who came along and supported the event.

It came at the end of a week when Knockskae was rejected by both the Council’s Planning Department and the Regulatory Planning Committee.

All in all a good week for Straiton and the surrounding area.

Rumble down to Straiton this Saturday

jumble items for sale

Many thanks to all the folk who turned up in their droves to support speakers at the Council Planning meeting yesterday. The spontaneous round of applause when the Chair of the Planning Panel announced that Brookfield’s Knockskae proposal was refused permission was heartfelt. Especially as some of those who spoke out would feel the full impacts of this monstrous development on a daily basis, affecting their everyday activities and dominating their lives. Your support made all the difference. Thank you.

Next up we have our Rumble in the Jumble. Get down to the village hall this Saturday between 10 and 4 to enjoy a good old fashioned jumble sale…and more! For those averse to jumble there’ll be stalls offering plants, jams, crafts, delicious home baking plus we’ve a great tombola and teas/light lunch will be served in the Reading Room. (so called from 1912 when the room was furnished with newspapers for residents to read without actually buying them).

We’ll look forward to seeing you there!
(plus we’ll even supply a newspaper for you to read)

 

Knockskae – rightly refused

The unspoilt Girvan Valley near Straiton

Just one of the beautiful views we are fighting to save along with protecting people’s homes from wind farm disturbance

Local people fought for it to be refused, the Planning Department recommended refusal and the Regulatory Planning Committee met today and unanimously refused it.

Henry Anderson, Chair of the Community Council was first up, stressing that the overwhelming view of the local community was against this development. Next Glen Heggs, Vice Chair of Save Straiton for Scotland, spoke about the site selection and impact on homes followed by Jeanette Heggs who spoke about the value of the conservation villages. Gordon Ferrie and Bea Holden talked about Straiton’s historical features and the impact on the economy respectively. Whirly Marshall explained eloquently how the development contravened the Wind Capacity Study and the Local Development Plan. Eoghan Baird spoke about the impacts of Shadow Flicker on homes and Colin Nisbet raised deep concerns over contamination of water supplies. Sandy Millar pointed out serious deficiencies in the noise assessments. Barbara Anderson, Isla Cruickshanks and Christine Millar, who all live close to the proposed development, spoke passionately about how this would impact upon their lives if built, and how even the planning application has cast a shadow over their lives.

Finally former Chair, Bill Stevens, told the packed chamber how the people did not support the proposal. Including our petition, over 3,000 people have objected.

All the Councillors agreed the Carrick area has reached saturation point for wind farms, one stating “enough is enough”.

And we agree.

Your support will help protect this

A view of the proposed site with wireframe diagram below of how the turbines would deface the beautiful scenery.

The beautiful Girvan valley would be completely disfigured by turbines as the wireframe illustration shows.

Please come along to support us at the Planning Meeting and show the Panel you care about our village and our community. Several residents of Straiton will be speaking about their concerns over the pollution of private water supplies, shadow flicker, noise disturbance and the destruction of the peaceful, natural setting of our conservation villages. By attending, your support will be greatly appreciated and will make a difference.

The meeting is from 10am – 12 noon on Wednesday 19 April in Country Buildings, Ayr.

Contact us if you require a lift, or if you can offer space in your car. Leave a comment below, your details will not be shown.

We look forward to seeing you on the 19th.

Last chance

crosshillThe proposed Knockskae wind farm is coming before South Ayrshire’s Planning Panel on 19 April. This is your last chance to object if you haven’t already done so. Click here to read our objection points. Copy and paste, or better still put them into your own words, and email them to the Council. Alternatively you can click on the Council’s own website here select comments and leave your opinions. You have until the end of March.

Please urge all your family and friends to make their opinions known to the Council. This highly visible industrial wind farm would dominate views south from Straiton. Turbines would be seen from the heart of the village, from the play park and from both inside and outside our A-listed Church.

The proposal would form a dominating backdrop to the conservation village of Crosshill, especially when approaching from Maybole. The higher hill on the right in the photograph above would have turbines along it.

National Cycle Route 7 would be severely impacted with turbines very close to this very scenic section of the route.

If you can come along to County Buildings at 10am on April 19 to show your support for our campaign it would be great to see you.

Environmentally responsible or just a litter lout?

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This photograph was taken recently and shows the remains of an anemometer mast lying near the summit of Benbeoch Hill near Dalmellington. We think this was used in scoping for the Burnhead Wind farm but now lies abandoned on the moor land. We wonder if this is normal practice, surely a truly environmental business would not leave scrap lying on a hillside?

Then again…

Our resolve is stronger than ever

agm-dec-2016Thank you to all those who came along last night to our AGM, and to those who couldn’t manage but expressed their support with donations. We had a splendid turnout to enjoy the mince pies, prosecco and cup cakes. Our Chair, Lala, along with other members of the team gave an update on the campaign and a summary of the finances.

The team will all stay in their current roles except for Tom who wishes to step down as Treasurer when a replacement can be found. Lala highlighted our successes: over 60% of turbines have been withdrawn; Keirs Hill refused; Glenmount withdrawn and the Hadyards Hill Extension reduced in numbers. If anyone would like to join the team we’d love to hear from you. Alternatively, if you don’t want to fully commit, you may wish to be co-opted to research a particular topic which interests you. If you enjoy a party we’d love it if you could assist us in organising some fun events.

Our focus is now on Knockskae and Linfairn. Brookfield, the developer of Knockskae, have postponed the date they want to appear before the Planning Committee until next year, possibly March. The public inquiry into Linfairn is also scheduled for next spring. We’ll ensure they do not overlap and be ready for both.

loch-trool-reddit-smlOur mandate to protect the landscape around Straiton and surrounding communities was supported by all those present. The creation of a Galloway National Park would greatly help to prevent inappropriate developments and it was agreed we would campaign for this.

Thanks to your generosity over £320 was raised on the evening!

 

Good News!

It’s been a long time coming but it was finally announced that Keirs Hill has been refused by Government Ministers following the Reporter’s recommendation.

After fully considering the wind farm after a public inquiry “Ministers decided that the proposed scheme is not acceptable because of the height of the turbines in this location, as well as the impact on the nearby houses and on historic sites, notably the Waterside ironworks complex.” We agree.

This is especially great news for the people of Waterside, the Doon Valley and Patna who would have faced this towering industrial site every day.

Best Christmas present our communities could have wished for!

Read all about it – our latest newsletter is out now.

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Click here to download our latest newsletter. Topics include Knockskae and Linfairn wind farms as both applications have critical deadlines approaching.

South Ayrshire Council’s planning meeting at which a decision on Knoackskae will be made is scheduled for 14 December. Linfairn is going to a Public Inquiry next spring but if you wish to speak you have to contact the DPEA by 16 November (the deadline was extended).

We’re having our AGM in the McCandlish Hall in Straiton on 1 December at 7.30pm, we’d love to see you there to share the very latest campaign news over a glass of wine and a mince pie.

Linfairn Public Inquiry – your opportunity to speak

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How the proposal would utterly dominate the upper Girvan Valley

If you were one of the thousands of folks who objected to Linfairn wind farm please consider participating in the public inquiry and speaking out. You should already have had an invitation to take part. If you did object but haven’t had notification of the inquiry please let us know – it’s vital.

If speaking up in public is something you are unaccustomed to, or nervous of doing, don’t worry. You don’t have to be a polished speaker as the Reporter will be interested in your evidence and your point of view.

At the Keirs Hill Inquiry we gained valuable experience with the Inquiry process and will help you prepare and let you know what to expect. Speaking at an Inquiry is a great opportunity to emphasise your objection to the Reporter in person, especially if you live close to the proposal and are likely to suffer major impacts. We will be taking part as will the Community Council, South Ayrshire Council and private individuals. You will not be alone.

If you are willing to take part in the Public Inquiry please remember to reply by Friday 4 NovemberIf you haven’t opted before the deadline you may regret not doing so later.

The target date for the Inquiry is 7 March 2017. The confirmed date and venue will be published in the Ayrshire Post. We will also publish the information once it is confirmed.

Remember you can only take part if you have already objected, email liz.kerr@gov.scot quoting ref: WIN-370-1 Linfairn Wind Farm.

Linfairn – make sure your objection points are counted

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Many of you who had objected to Linfairn have received letters from Liz Kerr of the Department of Planning and Appeals to say that although they have a record of your objection they do not have the content. You are invited to resubmit your original objection or supply a new one by 14 September.

It is entirely possible you don’t remember the points you made as there have so many developments to object to. Click here to view a list of points we produced for those wishing to object by email and by post card. Select the ones you feel are the most important to you (by all means copy the whole lot) and email them to liz.kerr@gov.scot

We will be asking for an extension to the deadline as we believe it is not long enough, particularly as many might well be on holiday.

There is to be a public inquiry held to look at the Linfairn proposal, we’ll let you know when the date is announced.

Thanks for your continued support.

Any old Junk? Or china, toys, bags…

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Save Straiton have got the first cancellation for Maybole Charity shop. If you’ve any extra bric-a-brac (or clutter); clothes you don’t wear; books you’ve read; unused sport equipment; shoes which don’t fit; redundant kitchen equipment; camping gear; gardening tools; unwanted furniture; toys the kids have grown out of; or anything else you’ve got that you no longer need but someone else might, we’d love it for the shop. Raffle prizes are also welcome.

We’ve got storage facilities so if you’d like the stuff out of your way just call Bea on 01655 770247 and we’ll arrange a convenient collection time.

Once we know the exact dates we get the shop we’ll let you know. Please come along to support us you never know what you might pick up!

Funds are needed to pay for landscape experts who write detailed objections to inappropriate wind farm proposals focussing on the landscape aspects. The latest of these proposals is Knockskae; the developer is intending submitting additional information so there is still time to object, click here to go to our email template.

Reporter refuses wind farm near Wigtown Bay

Wigtown Bay

The wind farm would have been sited on the hill across the water totally ruining this beautiful scene.

Trevor Croft, the Reporter who held the Inquiry into Keirs Hill has refused permission for a wind farm near Wigtown Bay. His conclusion is as follows:

“I therefore conclude, for the reasons set out above, that the proposed development does not accord overall with the relevant provisions of the development plan and that there are no material considerations which would still justify granting planning permission. The appellant has acknowledged that the proposal does not accord with the development plan but maintains that other material considerations, notably the renewable energy and climate change benefits of the scheme justify approval. I do not consider that the undoubted renewable energy benefits of the proposal are sufficient to outweigh the adverse impacts on landscape, visual receptors and the cultural heritage. I have considered all the other matters raised, but there are none which would lead me to alter my conclusions.”

We believe if the same criteria are followed for Keirs Hill it will also be rejected. As soon as an announcement is made we’ll let you know.
You can read the whole report by clicking here.

Private water supplies at risk

water drop

It’s now known that wind farm construction can have serious detrimental effects to water supplies. Two reservoirs and a water treatment works near Whitelees have been so badly polluted that they’ve been abandoned and a new water pipe brings water from the north of Glasgow to East Ayrshire at a cost to the public of £120 million.

If you have a private water supply and a wind farm is proposed in the area it is essential to find out where your supply is fed from. Wind farm companies should be monitoring water quality over a period of time taking account of differing weather conditions. We’ve found this rarely happens. Make sure there is a geohydrology report and contact the Environmental Health department at South Ayrshire Council if you have any concerns.

Wind farm construction which involves creating tracks, digging cable trenches, borrow pits (quarries, up to 4 metres deep at Knockskae), turbine bases (4 metres deep or more if needed) and hardstanding bases. These can be located some distance from your water supply but can still cause pollution to the water table and private supplies.

Oops! Ewe couldn’t make it up.

turbine on bridge

Click on the picture above to view the video clip

Scottish Power Renewables (SPR) managed to get their turbine stuck on top of a bridge on its way to Ewe Hill wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway.

Funnily enough the turbine size is similar to those at Dersalloch, plus there’s a similar bridge to negotiate at Cassillis on the B7045. Again SPR are going to remove the stone parapet – perhaps this time they’ll remember to remove the temporary railing first!

Watching the video gives you a good impression of the scale of the turbines and how disruptive it’s going to be for those living along the route including the village of Kirkmichael.

 

Have you been acknowledged?

 

If you’ve objected to Knockskae wind farm you ought to have received an acknowledgement from South Ayrshire Council. If you haven’t it could be that they have not received your objection, we’ve heard of some folks who’ve had to email three times before receiving an acknowledgment. Please persevere!

The Council continues to accept representations right up to the point they make their own report. We don’t know when that will be but it hasn’t happened yet.

If you have friends, family, neighbours and colleagues who you know would like to object to the ruination of our precious countryside please tell them to do so. We all need to do our bit to protect this beautiful corner of Scotland.

 

Click here and object to Knockskae Wind Farm now.

Enough is Enough

Ayrshire hasn’t escaped the realities of climate change this winter, Storm Frank brought devastation to our communities and flooding to homes, farms and fields. We all have to do our bit to save the planet.

But did you know that Ayrshire is already doing ten times more than the rest of the country?

Across the UK as a whole there is one wind turbine for every ten thousand people. Here in Ayrshire it’s more like one per thousand. If Knockskae Wind Farm was allowed to go ahead, together with the four other proposals that threaten our community, the picturesque parish of Straiton could end up with one giant industrial turbine for every three residents.

Ayrshire is already doing more, much more, than it’s ‘fair share’ and the Scottish Government is already over-achieving on its renewables targets.

We say: “enough is enough”.

We need to protect what’s left of the beautiful scenery in our corner of Scotland. We need to protect the Merrick Wild Land Area from being irretrievably undermined, the Unesco Biosphere from being plundered and the Dark Sky Park from any more light pollution

We need to protect the jobs and small businesses that rural tourism supports.

We need to protect our homes – disturbing the peat and deforesting the hillsides to plant wind farms will only serve to reduce the ability of our hills and river valleys to cope with next winter’s storms. The thousands of heavy constructions vehicles thundering through conservation villages will cause severe vibration in centuries-old cottages, never built to withstand such an onslaught.

Please tell Ayrshire Council that ‘enough is enough’. The people of Ayrshire have already done more than the rest of the country, we simply can’t afford to give away any more of our countryside.

Click here and object to Knockskae Wind Farm now.

Please object now to Knockskae and save our landscape

The spectacular view from Guiltreehill

The spectacular view from Guiltreehill

After carefully looking over the Application to build Knockskae wind farm with 11 turbines, each 126.5m high, with miles of access tracks and associated infrastructure, we firmly believe this would be totally inappropriate in this landscape.

More importantly it would have a severe impact on several homes nearby causing shadow flicker and noise pollution. We think this is unacceptable.

The traffic route proposed passes down Kirkland Street in Maybole with its two primary school and known traffic issues. From here is passes through the conservation village of Crosshill, past the cemetery, over the crossroads and right next to Auchalton SSSI via a new track enclosing this important site. This road is also part of National Cycle Route 7.

All the documentation is available on South Ayrshire Council’s website, click here to view. Alternatively we have uploaded some of the most important documents which can be accessed by clicking on our Knockskae Planning Submission page.

If you feel the same as we do and wish to protect our neighbours homes and our beautiful landscape please object now. You can do this simply and easily by going to our online objection form here and filling out your details which will go directly to South Ayrshire Council.

To read some suggested objection points or download a post card, click here.

It only takes a few minutes, please take the time to help us by 31 December 2015. Thank you.

 

Our AGM

A selection of slides from the Chair's presentation

A big thank you to all who turned up on an inclement evening to support our AGM, it was great to see so many of you. The office bearers of the committee/team are now Lala Burchal-Nolan continuing as Chair, Glen Heggs is continuing as Vice Chair, Tom Dowman as Treasurer. A formidable team which also includes Whirly Marshall, Sandy Millar and Bea Holden, Whirly has become our expert on landscape matters, Sandy on noise and landscape issues and Bea covers the website and community liaison. Eoghan Baird has stepped down as Secretary, many thanks Eoghan for all your work and support over the past three years.

Lala gave an update on all the proposals around Straiton and neighbouring communities illustrated with some excellent, and very accurate, animations John Nolan has provided which show how the proposals would appear from various viewpoints. She also explained how the team see their remit in terms of which development proposals would be objected to. This included how money raised from the community would only be spent on objecting to proposals which affected the parish of Straiton. To view her slides click here.

Whirly showed interested residents sections of the Knockskae wind farm application showing visualisations of the development. This is hopefully the last application we will have to deal with in our immediate area. There is still a lot of information to digest and appraise but we have post cards available with some points we have been able to identify.

After a question and answer session the evening concluded with wine, mince pies and some good conversation, plus the raffle of course.

Thanks to all those who generously donated prizes for our raffle and helped make the evening run smoothly. Your support inspires us.

PS If you would like to join the team you would be more than welcome, co-opted members (those who wish to join for a limited time or just work on one particular issue such as ecology) are also very welcome.

Join us for our AGM and campaign update

Mince PieThursday 10th December, 7.30pm McCandlish Hall, Straiton

After a short AGM we’ll have an update on the campaign followed by a glass of wine or cup of tea or coffee and some mince pies, nibbles and some festive cheer. With your support we’ve had a successful year.

The main issue currently is Knockskae. A planning application has just been lodged with South Ayrshire Council and we’ll have all the detail on this along with post cards for an informed objection. The proposed traffic route is down Kirkland Street in Maybole, through Crosshill, past the cemetery and across the Cloyntie crossroads. Lots of homes nearby will be adversely affected by this poorly designed wind farm. It’s sited on high ground so will be visible from miles around.

Hopefully this be the last application we have to oppose – please come along, get informed, get post cards for friends and family and let the Council know this proposal is completely unacceptable.

The view from Straiton

This is the view of the proposed development from the centre of Straiton

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

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©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