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.

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!

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.

Keirs Hill Public Inquiry – have you been missed?

depaThe Scottish Government announced there is to be a Public Local Inquiry into Keirs Hill Wind Farm. Everyone who responded to the Application ought to have been contacted. If you wrote, emailed or sent a post card commenting on the Application and have not been contacted please let us know, even if you do not wish to take part in the Inquiry.

We are aware that some people have not been contacted who should have been and we want to help the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) by letting them know who has not been included. It may well be an administrative error or some addresses have been lost when the system was upgraded. Either way it is important that all those who responded should be given the opportunity to speak or add to their comments if they wish. Please email us at admin@savestraitonforscotland.com

If you have received an invitation to take part we would urge you to do so. This is the last chance to defeat the Keirs Hill proposal. The more voices the Reporter hears the more impact our objection will have. If you would like help or advice with your submission – please ask – we will be pleased to assist.