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Thumbs down for wind farm

PEOPLE power has blown away plans for a huge windfarm development in Dalmellington.

That's the claim of landowner Mark Gibson after East Ayrshire Council kicked out a proposal by AMEC for 95 wind turbines in the Kyle Forest.

Gibson's own plans to build an outdoor curling rink and activity centre at his Craigengillan estate depended on the council blocking any windfarm project, which they did by ten votes to two.

And he reckons the massive level of community support helped sway the decision after the Scottish Executive received almost 4000 written objections.

Mr Gibson said: "it's clear that the council have listened to the people and their decision brings great relief and joy at the end of an awful two years. For the Doon Valley to have any chance of regeneration, these windfarms had to be rejected."

"The projects I have in mind will provide a bright future for the area and help stimulate growth which wouldn't have been possible with the windfarms around."

The only thing standing in Gibson's way now is a final, smaller, windfarm proposal at Dersalloch Hill, but confidence is high that it too will get the thumbs down. Plans for that development will be examined by South Ayrshire Council in... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

That's the claim of landowner Mark Gibson after East Ayrshire Council kicked out a proposal by AMEC for 95 wind turbines in the Kyle Forest.
 
Gibson's own plans to build an outdoor curling rink and activity centre at his Craigengillan estate depended on the council blocking any windfarm project, which they did by ten votes to two.
 
And he reckons the massive level of community support helped sway the decision after the Scottish Executive received almost 4000 written objections.
 
Mr Gibson said: "it's clear that the council have listened to the people and their decision brings great relief and joy at the end of an awful two years. For the Doon Valley to have any chance of regeneration, these windfarms had to be rejected."
 
"The projects I have in mind will provide a bright future for the area and help stimulate growth which wouldn't have been possible with the windfarms around."
 
The only thing standing in Gibson's way now is a final, smaller, windfarm proposal at Dersalloch Hill, but confidence is high that it too will get the thumbs down. Plans for that development will be examined by South Ayrshire Council in the coming weeks.
 
Meanwhile, it's been announced that the Scottish Orienteering Association will hold their championships at Craigengillan - an event not possible had the area been industrialised by turbines.
 
Explaining their decision to reject the plans, a spokesman for East Ayrshire Council said: "Among the reasons for refusal were that the proposal did not conform to the Ayrshire joint structure plan."
 
"The council is also concerned that the scale of the proposed development places a disproportionate burden on the local East Ayrshire communitites, especially considering the contribution already made by the area in terms of existing renewable energy production through production of opencast coal."


Source: http://icayrshire.icnetwork...

MAR 15 2006
http://www.windaction.org/posts/1717-thumbs-down-for-wind-farm
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