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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Straiton residents (or ‘receptors’ as we are known, now we are in the planning system) should have received their leaflet yesterday from Willowind – telling us everything that we expected them to. That they were submitting their vastly scaled back plans to the Scottish Government on Friday (27th September), and of course how busy they have been working so so closely with the community over the last 8 months…
So what’s new?
An initial glance at the planning submission does not show any major changes to the 25 turbines that were in the initial scoping report. There is a new mist free version of the below photomontage taken from the Craigengower Monument, with no trees or hills in the way to detract from the true impact of both of the Linfairn sites. Thousands of tourists a year driving through the upper Girvan Valley into the Galloway Forest Park and beyond will now surely be pleasantly distracted from that long boring journey as they gaze at the 126.5m structures almost toppling over the Inner Genoch Hill…
The Westerly Linfairn site (on the Dyke / Knockgardner side of the hill) looks equally tragic. If you happen to be standing on top of the Craigengower Hill looking West, you may soon be able to marvel at how the giant metal structures in the foreground draw your eye away from that ugly rock on the horizon that we have come to know as Ailsa Craig..
To allow our supporters to make an informed decision about the Linfairn Windfarm, we have uploaded all the documentation to the SSfS website for you. you can find this here.
We are also preparing a ‘how to object’ page with some key topics and templates which you should get details of later this week. There will also be a leaflet delivered locally, explaining the process, key dates and next steps. There is no need to panic – we have until the 8th November, our team of experts already have the documentation, and there are already several pages of objection points written based on the small amount of information we have looked at so far – so don’t worry – there will be plenty to go around!
In all, our applicants have not failed to disappoint in the tone and quality of their submission, and as such we are going to be busy articulating all the issues we have found to date. Please in the meantime be patient, but be ready to act when the time comes! If you are reading through the documents and find any errors or inconsistencies please do let us know and we will add them to the list!