The conjoined inquiry for the proposed windfarm schemes at Knockcronal, Carrick and Craiginmoddie started earlier this week with an inquiry session on Aviation and Landscape and Visual Impacts for the Carrick scheme.
The first day started off with aviation but that was very brief. The main inquiry for that will take place in the last week of June with other days to be confirmed in July.
Next up was the Landscape and Visual Impact witness for Carrick attempting to defend their project but not succeeding in changing any of our thoughts on the matter.
The second day was the turn of the witness for South Ayrshire Council who gave robust answers to the questioning she had to endure. Since she is also the author of South Ayrshire Wind Capacity Study (both 2012 and revised 2018) she was very able to defend the objections to the project made by SAC that turbines of this height have no place in this landscape.
Over the next 2 months there will be a variety of inquiry and hearing sessions, some ‘in person’ and some ‘virtual’ covering Landscape and Visual Impacts for the other two schemes, as well as Peat Impacts, Noise, Legal & Policy, Private Water Supplies, Hydrology / Geology, Traffic, Transport & Access, Residential Visual Amenity, Planning Conditions and Aviation Safety. A copy of the inquiry programme can be downloaded here
Members of the public can attend all ‘in person’ sessions and can watch all ‘in person’ and ‘virtual’ sessions via https://dpea.public-i.tv/core/portal/home
We would encourage all those who oppose the schemes to attend an evening hearing session on Tuesday 6th June at the Carrick Centre, Culzean Road, Maybole, KA19 7DE between 6:30pm and 8:30pm where the Landscape, Visual Effects and Residential Visual Amenity impact of the 3 schemes will be discussed. While only those who have registered to speak can contribute, a good turnout will help the reporters gauge the level of opposition to the schemes. We look forward to seeing you there and to your continued support.
The Save Straiton for Scotland Team.