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No local councillors on planning committee

Published: 7 Mar 2012 09:303 comments

The plan for giant wind turbines at Hunterston could have been overturned if local councillors sat on North Ayrshire planning committee.

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A Fairlie campaigner has bemoaned the lack of a local councillor on North Ayrshire Council planning committee.

Speaking after NAC voted to allow 600ft high turbines at Hunterston former Fairlie community councillor John Riddell has questioned whether elected councillors did enough to stop the plan for the turbine construction site.

In a letter to the 'News' Mr Riddell stated: "Fairlie, Largs, Skelmorlie and Millport, the North Coast area of the council, have no elected member representation on the planning committee. This resulted from the SNP's Councillor Alan Hill, for reasons never explained, declining the opportunity to replace his SNP colleague Councillor Rae on that important committee when the latter took ill. In contrast, four of the twelve councillors who are members of the committee represent the Irvine area.

"Because the North Coast has no members on the planning committee, local representations about developments have to rely upon Councillor Hill and Councillor Marshall, and local Labour member Councillor Alec Gallagher, speaking to their political colleagues who are members of the committee."

Mr Riddell suggests that the local members did little to stop the turbines going ahead.

Full letter and page and a half of views in the Largs & Millport Weekly News of March 7.

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