MSP's wind farm concern

Published: 11 Mar 2009 12:100 comments

Cunninghame North SNP MSP Kenny Gibson said he was "deeply disappointed" that ministers from his own party approved the Kelburn wind farm and fears it could "open the floodgates" for more developments.

North Ayrshire Council had thrown out the Kelburn windfarm project but the decision which went to local public inquiry last summer. The surprise over-turning of the decision has infuriated protesters. The village of Fairlie have set up a petition campaign to protect Kaim Hill which is under threat of another wind farm development.

Mr Gibson said: 'I am deeply disappointed that the Minister chose to take on board the views of the Reporter and reject those of North Ayrshire Council, 54 individual objectors, Fairlie Community Council and others.

'I believe that a major influence in this decision was the withdrawal of objections on ornithological grounds by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Scottish Natural Heritage and the position of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and other bodies.

'I have been advised that future applications for windfarms will be judged "on their individual merits." However, in supporting Scottish Parliament Petition 1095 which seeks to protect Clyde Muirshiel from industrial development, my concern is that the Kelburn decision may open the floodgates to yet more applications and more appeals.

'What we do not want is for the Regional Park to be eaten away piece by piece'.

A campaign protest group has set up against the Fairlie windfarm. For more details, go to http://www.saveyourregionalpark.com/ and give your contact details.

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