Wind farm D-Day for Fairlie

Published: 13 Feb 2012 15:3041 comments

Huge wind turbine site at Hunterston to be decided at Tuesday afternoon's North Ayrshire Council planning meeting.

A towering wind farm testing site at Hunterston with turbines which will be 195.5m high, is set to be given the go-ahead at Tuesday's NAC planning meeting.

Fairlie Community Councillor John Riddell warned that the three turbines will be 200 feet higher than Goldenberry Hill, twice the size of the Clydeport cranes at Hunterston, and 75m higher than Cumbrae.

North Ayrshire Planners have recommended the proposal put forward by SSE Renewables.

Fairlie Community Council objected to the proposals by SSE Renewables on the basis of visual impact, noise, and being contrary to planning policies. Scottish Natural Heritage have objected, while Largs Community Council have supported the project.

Fairlie Community Council will be allowed to make a short presentation before councillors decide on whether to back their planning officials or not.

The meeting takes place at 2pm at Cunninghame House in Irvine, and is open to the public.

REACTION FROM TUESDAY'S MEETING IN THIS WEEK'S LARGS AND MILLPORT NEWS.

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  • scott
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    Feb 13, 17:26
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    I think it`s a good thing

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  • norfolkboy14
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    Feb 13, 18:22
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    We need to get the Government onside, as well as local councils and others, if we are going to stop these wind turbines being built.



    Are you disillusioned by rising electricity prices, over dependence on the "green" dream [especially uneconomical and inefficient wind farms] and the destruction of our countryside then please register your objection to the Government by GOOGLING "E-PETITION 22958" and following the link.



    Please pass this message on to Councillors, members of your community and anyone else you know to persuade them to sign up too. If you are really concerned about wind turbines please write a letter promoting this petition to your community newsletters and the Editors of your local newspapers.

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  • gill
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    Feb 13, 18:25
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    me too- im in favour of windfarms in principle, and despite the proximity to my own front door, I would rather see them built on this post industrial site than some pristene costal enviroment.

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  • sir moanalot
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    Feb 13, 21:39
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    i think they look cool

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  • Jonathon C Hampton
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    Feb 14, 11:50
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    we do not want them, they buzz and make noises, look horrible and a right blight on the views and landscape.

    Build a third nuclear power station, long term jobs and at least constant power for the years ahead in an independent scotland.

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  • happy wind farmer
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    Feb 14, 20:33
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    love them, they look brilliant!

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  • Not sure
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    Feb 14, 23:38
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    What's the lifespan of these wind turbines? 10 years? 20 years?

    Short term snp thinking and planners that should be ashamed

    Even if they are test turbines lets see the facts before we plough on to far in to ££££ for short term gain.

    Good luck fairlie with the fight battle ahead. Largs community council....were you sleeping or perhaps the hearing aid and glasses weren't on!

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  • Jonathon C Hampton
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    Feb 15, 09:28
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    what was the result of the meeting?, are they getting built or not?

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  • gill
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    Feb 15, 12:48
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    @Jonathon C Hampton - the building of the wind farm will have no bearing on wether or not a third nuclear powerstation will be built, also, how much noise does a windfarm make - will these turbines be noisier than clyde port or hunterston b, which sounds like a jet plane when it blows off steam?

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  • Jonathon C Hampton
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    Feb 15, 17:06
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    the turbines make a noise, its very annoying. a constant buzzing and whooshing noise

    everyone is used to hunterston and the steam it blows out. it is only for a few seconds now and then, however the turbines is a constant hum, buzz and whooshing noise.

    there is a big difference of a few seconds of steam to a 24/7 hum, buzz anbd whoosh, whoosh, whoosh from a turbine.

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  • gill
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    Feb 16, 10:32
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    I should go and listen to a windfarm to get an idea, I imagine the noise from these will be worse than your average windfam though as they will be in the bowl of the valley and not on an exposed moor. There is a lot of noise in the area though, the early morning bleeping of reversing lorries at clydeport, the rumble of the cranes, the traffic whizzing up the the A78. The amount of steam hunterston blows varies from time to time - i have known it go go on for hours at a time - if "everyone" can get used to that then perhaps they will get used to the turbines

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  • villager
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    Feb 16, 10:54
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    According to Largs & Millport reporter and to my astonishment an Irvine SNP councillor has led the motion to approve the Hunterston wind turbine development. It has been approved by a group of councillors who do not represent this North Coast area and against the wishes of the people who live here and their communitiy councilors.

    How can it be that people who do not represent an area can make such momentous decisions over the lives of residents in a totally different area in which they have little of no vested interest?

    This smacks more of Marxist Leninist totalitarianism than democracy.

    No doubt the coal fired station approval will follow this announcement.

    Well I know where my humble little vote will not be going at the next round of elections.

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