Get Involved

How can you get involved in our campaign? Here are some suggestions:

  1. Follow the campaign blog (use the “Follow” button on the top right of the home page). This way you get campaign news automatically by email.
  2. We have prepared a petition: physical, virtual, or both. Please sign it!
  3. Write to your MP, MSP, MEP and councillors. Their details are below. Will you be voting SNP if these wind farms continue to be built? If not, the SNP MSPs ought to be interested!
  4. Donate to the fighting fund. Contact a committee member or use the contact form on the Donate page
  5. Turn out to our next rally / community action meeting. We will put details up on the Blog, so again, Follow us using the button at the top right of the Home page!
  6. If you live, or have ever lived, in the parish of Straiton and have ever had a planning application for anything refused, send us the details of the Council / Government ruling – it may help us to mount our defence.
  7. Write to Paul Wheelhouse MSP (Minister for Business, Innovation & Energy, Scotland) and Greg Clark MP (Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK). Details are below. If MPs and the Departments get enough letters on the same subject, they have to pay attention to them. Ask for specific questions to be raised in Parliament.
  8. Write to the local and national papers every time you read an article you
    agree or don’t agree with. Keep the issue in the press – it’s wrong for
    communities who don’t want them to have wind farms imposed upon them by the Scottish Government and goldrush minded wind farm developers.


Some people you may wish to lobby …

Go to the top!

If MPs and the Departments get enough letters on the same subject, they have to pay
attention to them. Ask for specific questions to be raised in Parliament.

Paul Wheelhouse MSP (Minister for Business, Innovation & Energy, Scotland):
Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy
Room T3.03
The Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP

Greg Clark MP (Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK):
The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP
Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
House of Commons

Contact a Local Representative

The MP, MSP and MEP for the area are as follows: (click and here for the regional list MSPs for Southern Scotland and and here for local councillors).

Bill Grant MP (Conservative)
House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
Tel: 0207 219 1548

Jeane Freeman MSP (SNP)
The Scottish Parliament,
Edinburgh EH99 1SP
Tel:0131 348 6745

Struan Stevenson MEP (Scottish Conservative Party)
European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60 Brussels B-1047
Tel: 0032 2 2847710 Fax: 0032 2 284 9710
address in Scotland:
Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
67 Northumberland Street Edinburgh EH3 6JG
Tel: 0131 524 0030

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We also have 6 regional list MSPs, for the South Scotland region. Of these six, Paul Wheelhouse has been given the Business, Innovation and Energy portfolio. He was named as ‘Politician of the Year’ by Nature of Scotland in 2015 in recognition of his contribution to the conservation of wildlife and the natural environment.

Paul Wheelhouse MSP (SNP)
T3.03 The Scottish Parliament Edinburgh EH99 1SP
Tel:0131 348 6891 Fax: 0131 348 5978

Here are email addresses for the remaining 5 list MSPs for South Scotland:

Claudia Beamish (Scottish Labour):
Rachel Hamilton (Conservative):
Emma Harper (SNP):
Joan McAlpine (SNP):
Colin Smyth (Labour):;

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Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton Councillors

Brian Connolly
Mobile Tel: 07970 540591
Office Tel: 01292 612274

William Grant
Mobile Tel: 07794037597
Office Tel: 01292 612479

Iain Campbell
Home Tel: to be supplied
Office Tel: to be supplied

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Crosshill, Straiton & Kirkmichael Community Councillors
Patrick Lorimer (Chair), Kirkmichael.
John Haston (Secretary), Kirkmichael.
Gordon Ferrie, (Treasurer), Straiton.
Jeanette Heggs, Straiton.
Bea Holden, Straiton.
Emily Pike, Crosshill.
Steven O’Brien, Crosshill. 
Martin Dunlop, Crosshill.
Marnie Watson, Kirkmichael.

5 thoughts on “Get Involved

  1. Please, please also let us know if you are interested in any particular aspect of the campaign, we are looking for volunteers who would be happy to become ‘our local expert’ on various topics, these can be involved and detailed tasks, or just even a weekly internet check.
    For instance:
    on-going/weekly updated research into surveys/proof of any house price drops; the local archaeology aspects and related organisations; the local birdlife; wildlife; ecology; tourism; fund raising; grid connection implications and so on.
    Thank you

  2. Put those awful windmills somewhere else! Such a beautiful village is part of Scotland & indeed Britain’s heritage. Windmills may (MAY! – the jury is still out on the subject) be useful, but if they’re so necessary, a more desolate spot can certainly be found. No, no, no to the windmills.

  3. DON’T put the wind turbines somewhere else!

    Don’t put them anywhere else!

    I’d rather have a new nuclear power station in my backyard than a wind farm any day.

    • I understand your dislike of turbines and in many cases they are inefficient, an eyesore, expensive, divide communities and industrialise an otherwise peaceful rural landscape. Save Straiton is not an anti-windfarm group, we realise that they can be part of the energy mix, just as you think nuclear ought to be part of that mix. We are trying to protect a beautiful, rural landscape being completely ruined. Not only the landscape as some of these turbines are sited very close to homes which can have a severe adverse effect to those living in these homes.

  4. No windmills for Straiton or its neighbouring villages.
    Objections are for visual reasons.Why spoil one of our loveliest villages?
    Health-some of the proposed sites are close to houses, close enough to cause a health risk to young children and babies.
    Ecological- once the subsoil is exposed and altered the hills will never recover.The acidity needed for heather and blaeberries wil lhave gone,most likely to be replaced by bracken.
    Have you tried to walk through five foot bracken
    Tourism- Maybe windmills are not the best attraction. We need our visitors and want them to enjoy the beauty around them, the peace of the countryside and the happiness of the village.

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