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Windfarms reach "saturation point" in Annandale and Eskdale

Annadale and Eskdale councillors believe the area has reached "saturation point" for windfarms. Their pleas for no more comes after they objected to the proposed 21-turbine windfarm at Newfield near Lockerbie, spurred on by protesters and community councillors.

Annadaleand Eskdale councillors believe the area has reached "saturation point" for windfarms.

Their pleas for no more comes after they objected to the proposed 21-turbine windfarm at Newfield near Lockerbie, spurred on by protesters and community councillors.

The objection will be sent to the Scottish Government ministers who will have the final say on the plans by Wind Energy (Newfield) Limited.

Although councillors accepted they have to take each application on its own merits, they raised concerns about the amount of time planning officers were having to deal with the proliferation of windfarm applications.

Councillor Sean Marshall said: "Annandale and Eskdale seems to be the place for windfarm developers.

"We are getting to saturation point.

"We accept we have to take some of them but it seems we are taking all of them.

"When can we say, enough is enough? Do we have to keep coming back here every three months or so to face yet another windfarm application? Is it fair in an area where we depend on tourism?"

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Annadale and Eskdale councillors believe the area has reached "saturation point" for windfarms.

Their pleas for no more comes after they objected to the proposed 21-turbine windfarm at Newfield near Lockerbie, spurred on by protesters and community councillors.

The objection will be sent to the Scottish Government ministers who will have the final say on the plans by Wind Energy (Newfield) Limited.

Although councillors accepted they have to take each application on its own merits, they raised concerns about the amount of time planning officers were having to deal with the proliferation of windfarm applications.

Councillor Sean Marshall said: "Annandale and Eskdale seems to be the place for windfarm developers.

"We are getting to saturation point.

"We accept we have to take some of them but it seems we are taking all of them.

"When can we say, enough is enough? Do we have to keep coming back here every three months or so to face yet another windfarm application? Is it fair in an area where we depend on tourism?"

Paul and Kay Maynard on behalf of Lockerbie Community Council agreed.

In their objection they said: "We already have Scotland's largest biomass plant in our backyard as well as other windfarms nearby and we, therefore, strongly believe that we now have done more than our fair share to help meet Scotland's renewable energy targets, and that enough is enough."

The objection on landscape and visual grounds, agreed at Wednesday's planning meeting in Annan Town Hall, could now force a public inquiry into the application.

The Ministry of Defence has also objected to the turbines because of the vibration effect they could have on the recording equipment at the Eskdalemuir Seismic Observatory and potential conflict with low flying aircraft.

And an objection has been made by National Air Traffic Services amid concerns about conflict with radar.

Council officials, who recommended that councillors should lodge their objection, also believe it defies planning policies.

And they are concerned about the cumulative effect on the area which is proving a favourite for windfarm developers.

The majority of applications has been opposed by the council but then given the go ahead by the Scottish Government.

Two windfarms are already up and running but the area could end up with as many as nine large-scale developments.

Some residents in the Waterbeck area could potentially have four separate windfarms within five kilometres.

Wind Energy say they would contribute £5.6 million to the local economy during construction and would establish a community trust fund to support local projects.

It would create nine full -time jobs during construction and seven once operational when the local economy would benefit from £800,000 annually.


Source: http://www.dgstandard.co.uk...

APR 24 2010
https://www.windaction.org/posts/25893-windfarms-reach-saturation-point-in-annandale-and-eskdale
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