Mixed views on windfarms
Sandy Kilpatrick • Published 28 Sep 2011 13:00
A wind turbine for illustrative purposes only.
COMMUNITY Councils across the area have aired their views after being inundated with wind farm proposals.
New Cumnock, Dalmellington, Kirkconnel and Kelloholm community councillors have expressed mixed feelings about the proposals.
Dalmellington Community Council savaged revised Infinis plans for Dersalloch wind farm near their village as 'insulting and arrogant'.
Sharon Smith, secretary of Dalmellington Community Council told the Chronicle the village still stood by their opinion and insist the only answer for all future windfarm proposals is 'No'.
Von Jackson, Secretary of New Cumnock Community Council told the Chronicle she supported the proposals. Von said: "I think it's great the Scottish Government are behind this. The community already get money out of it. There are a lot of groups in the area that wouldn't get the funding they need if it wasn't for the windfarms."
Last week the Chronicle revealed plans 30-turbine windfarm just three miles south-west Kirkconnel and Kelloholm. If approved the Sandy Knowe Wind Farm, planned by Burcote Wind, could potentially generate £225,000 per year in a community benefit fund which would generate £5.6 million for Upper Nithsdale during its 25 year lifetime.
This article appeared in Cumnock Chronicle 28 Sep 11