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Credit:     Simon Johnson     Scottish Political Editor     The Telegraph     (13/01/13)


"Primary pupils in North Ayrshire were handed plans, seemingly written by a developer, encouraging their parents to back a planning application for an extension to a wind farm in the area.


The letter contained a section for parents’ signatures at the bottom and was addressed to the local council’s planning department.


Critics yesterday expressed their anger at both the developer and SNP-run North Ayrshire council for allowing wind farm “propaganda” in the classroom but the local authority claimed the letters were “directly relevant” to the pupils’ school work."


And the developer is…….. none other than our old friends Community Windpower Ltd!


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10 x 136m turbines planned for Irelandton just outside Twynholm


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Credit:   The Galloway Gazette     (15/12/12)


"An anti-wind farm protester who used her own land to display signs protesting against turbines near her home had a rude surprise this week.


Liz Glarke had placed the signs and posters on the boundary fence between her land near Barrachan and that of a family member who sold his to EDF Energy Renewables to allow for the Airriequhillart wind turbines plan.


Now Liz says she won’t let the bullyboy behaviour grind her down and is in the process of making new signs to replace the removed ones."


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To visit the website  http://www.airriequhillartwindfarmprotest.com/   


A scoping application for a possible 15 x 137m turbines on Mochrum Fell has been submitted to D & G  council by Coriolis on behalf of Falck Renewables.


The site lies adjacent and northeast of the Benshinnie site which may have up to 24 turbines if developed.  Both of these proposals will be close to the consented Blackcraig and with Knockman Hill, Loch Hill and Margree still awaiting a decision it looks like the Glenkens could be completely changed for the next 25 years!


Click here for the Galloway News article


Planning News


Planning applications


12/P/2/0341   Knockendurrick (IRELANDTON)    1 x 80m met mast

12/P/2/0340   Culdoach, Tongland 1 x 77m + 40m mast

12/P/2/0317   Guffogland, Dalbeattie   1 x 55m

12/P/1/0361   Airyhemming Farm, Glenluce   3 x 38m


Scoping Applications


12/E/2/0047   Mochrum fell   15 x 137m

12/E/2/0046   Upper Porterbelly Farm, Kirkgunzeon   1 x 44.9m




11/P/2/0478   Mayfield, Rhonehouse   6 x 130m   REFUSED

12/P/2/0241   Rattra, Borgue   1 x 27m   APPROVED

12/P/2/0293   Torrories Farm, Kirkbean 2 x 20m   WITHDRAWN

 Mayfield was unanimously refused


Well done to everyone who spoke at the meeting and our thanks to those who came to support us!


Galloway News Report



Credit:     Margareta Pagano     The Independent     (10/12/12)


A community councillor from Argyll is mounting a landmark legal challenge against the UK and the EU at the United Nations in Geneva this week over their renewables policies, on the grounds that the public is being denied the truth about the alleged benefits, and the adverse impact, of wind power.


Christine Metcalfe, who represents Avich and Kilchrenan Community Council, claims that the UK Government and the EU have breached a fundamental tenet of citizens’ rights under the UN’s Åarhus Convention, and she will appear before the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe to explain why.


Mrs Metcalfe will present her council’s case at a hearing before UNECE’s Compliance Committee next Wednesday alleging that the UK and the EU are pursuing renewables policies which have been designed in such a way that they have denied the public the right to be informed about, or to ascertain, the alleged benefits in reducing CO 2 and harmful pollution emissions from wind power, or the negative effects of wind power on health, the environment and the economy.


To read more click here


Our best wishes to Christine!

Planning applications


12/P/2/0298     West Kirkcarswell      1 x 56.3m

Open for comment until 29/11

12/P/2/0317     Guffogland, Dalbeattie     1 x 55m

12/P/1/0319     Glenluce Primary school     3 x 23m vertical turbines


Scoping Applications


12/E/3/0009     Lethans wind farm,    East of New Cumnock




12/P/2/0122     Auchenlosh, Dalbeattie     2 x 47m     Approved

…like a gathering army ready to wreak the most toxic disturbance of rural life in Scotland since the Highland Clearances. Unless you follow the micro-practices of Government and Local Authority planning you may well not know what is about to happen to the countryside and community life in Scotland. The map shows existing and proposed turbines in Dumfries and Galloway (special thanks to Keith Mycock for creating and maintaining it).

Map Key:

  • Yellow: 0-20m
  • Green: 20-50m
  • Orange: 50-80m
  • Blue: 80+m

There is no distinction shown between turbines already built and those proposed – unless indicated in the information associated with specific turbine markers.

View Turbines in a larger map

Please note: turbines under 80m and outwith planning area 2 (The Stewartry) are not shown (there are so many – we cannot keep pace). In addition there are a few wind farms not yet included because we are awaiting information about the turbine layout.

Credit:     Simon Johnson     Scottish Political Editor     The Telegraph     (13/11/2012)


SNP minsters have waved through more than four out of five of the largest and most controversial planning applications for wind farms, according to official figures just published.


Since the Nationalists took power five years ago, 29 out of the 35 major developments referred to them for a final decision have been approved.


The Conservatives, who published the figures, said ministers were sending a message to wind farm companies saying: “Come straight to us and you have an 80 per cent chance of success”.


Clyde wind farm by Olive Repton


Credit:     Simon Johnson     Scottish Political Editor     The Telegraph     (09/11/2012)


"A thousand wind turbines are on course to be built in the Scottish Borders thanks to the SNP’s “backroom bullying” of the local council to ignore public opposition, it has been claimed.


Campaigners said official figures showed wind farm developers have already built or have planning permission for 403 turbines in the picturesque tourist area.

An additional 418 are in the planning system, either as live applications or appeals, while wind farm companies have started scoping and screening for around a further 200 turbines."


Figures for Dumfries and Galloway are now up to over 1,100 for turbines over 50m high at various stages within the planning system


Credit:     Simon Johnson     Scottish Political Editor     The Telegraph      (08/11/2012)


SNP ministers are pressurising Scottish councils to allow the construction of more wind farms even where the number of turbines risks reaching “saturation point”, the Daily Telegraph can disclose.


Scottish Borders Council is being asked to change a new blueprint for the area’s future development after government officials complained of the “negative language” about wind farms.


Correspondence released under the Freedom of Information Act show Anne Grove, a Scottish Government senior planner, attacked the local authority for suggesting “the Borders Council is at saturation point for wind farms.”


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Apologies for not posting last week's planning applications due to internet problems.


Planning Applications


12/P/2/0293     Torrories Fram, Kirkbean   2 x 20m

Open for comment until 15/11/12

12/P/2/0294     Kenview, Parton     1 x 25.8m

Open for comment until 22/11/12

12/P/2/0296     Little Sypland     1 x 74m

Open for comment until 06/12/12

12/P/2/0298     West Kirkcarswell     1 x 56.3m

12/P/2/0300     Lorg (Ewe hill)     80m met mast

12/P/2/0301     Lorg (Craigstewart)     80m met mast

12/P/2/0302     Benbrack     80m met mast

12/P/2/0305     Benbrack     80m met mast

12/P/2/0309     Nether Ernambrie, Clarebrand     2 x 21.9m


Scoping Applications


12/E/2//0035    Pibble, Creetown     1 x 56.7m

12/E/2/0037     Baerlochan, Twynholm     1 x 105m

12/E/2/0038     Farhills Farm, Auchencairn     1 x 65m

12/E/2/0039     Larg Farm, Creetown     1 x 45m


12/E/1/0062     Gass Farm, Glenluce     19 x 126.5m & 70m mast


Withdrawals and Refusals


Glenstockdale    2 x 100m     withdrawn

12/P/1/0120     Cairnbowie, Kirkcolm     2 x 45.5m     Refused – Cumulative Impact

09/P/3/0340     Minnygap     Refused



As cracks appear in the UK Government over the issue of wind farms it seems Alex Salmond is taking a different stance.


On the day dissent emerged within the Coalition government, Alex Salmond was addressing a renewable energy conference in Glasgow.  What he said should be a warning to all rural communities across Scotland:-


"When I became First Minister in 2007, I inherited a target for 50 per cent of Scotland’s electricity to be produced by renewable sources by 2020.


We now know that we can achieve much more than that, more quickly – having already exceeded our 2011 target.


In the light of that progress, I can announce that we have set a new interim target. By 2015, the equivalent of 50 per cent of Scotland’s electricity demand will be met by renewable sources."


Which in a nutshell means more wind turbine planning applications being submitted for inappropriate locationss, more division in more rural communities, more pressure put on our councils, more over-riding of local democracy, more decisions being referred to the Scottish Government for decisions, more people condemned to noise nuisance and health impacts from more turbines placed closer to homes.


To read more:-


Left swinging in the wind


Energy secretary slaps down minister who called for end to wind farm sprawl





Scoping Requests


12/E/2/0037     Baerlochan, Twynholm     1 x 105m   

The location for this turbine is just 700 – 800m from Twynholm! 


12/E/2/0035     Pibble (Near Gatehouse Station)      1 x 56.7m    


News of 3 possible wind farms by Eon around Carsphairn, Dalmellington and Cumnock totalling 78 turbines

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Planning applications


12/P/2/0305     80m met mast Benbrack  (see link above) 


2 x 20m turbines at Torrories Farm, Kirkbean



In our October newsletter I stated that CATS were organising the Perth Wind Farm Protest which is incorrect.  Apologies to the people who have worked so hard to make this happen – please see details below.  The march will start at 11am.


If you are interested in joining us at the demo please contact Alan Keith alan@airds.com ASAP




Much as CATS would like to take the credit for originating and organising this important protest, which we wholeheartedly support, CATS has not organised it.


It was the idea of a number of people, including Lyndsey Ward, Mary Young, Linda Holt and Graham Lang, and it has been developed in conjunction with a local Perthshire group (GASPS) fighting an Ecotricity wind farm in the Strathearn Valley (see http://www.gasps.info/blog/).


For further information, questions etc about the protest, please don't contact CATS/Kim but use one of the following instead:


·      visit our facebook page Protest against SNP Wind Policy
·      email: war.on.wind@btinternet.com
·      or call 07590 994690



Credit:     The Galloway Gazette     (03/10/12)


"Like many people in our region, I am angry and frustrated that the Scottish government continues to ignore the views of local people on windfarms. In recent months, two windfarm applications in our area that had been rejected locally were approved by the Scottish government."


"I started a petition on my website at www.russellbrownmp.com/windfarmpetition and the response has been phenomenal. Almost 2000 people have signed it and I will be presenting it to the Scottish Ministers soon. It has really struck a chord with local people and the government simply cannot continue to ignore us."


12/P/2/0219     Guffogland, Dalbeattie     50m met mast     Approved


11/P/2/0418     Margrie, Borgue     2 x 46m turbines     Refused (landscape)


12/P/2/0191     Nether Ernambrie     2 x 27m     Refused (landscape impact)


12/P/2/0065     Loch Urr     70m met mast     Approved (Chair's casting vote)


12/1/P0260     Gass Farm, Glenluce    70 m met mast     Approved


The Institute of Mechanical Engineers say the wind turbines of Scotland are operating well under capacity – meaning more are being built than are necessary.


Read more here

Credit:     James Delingpole,     The Telegraph,     (19/09/12)





"….And there’s no direct evidence that they affect house prices, in fact the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors says they don’t…."


This is a quote – a genuine quote: not one devised by his enemies to satirise the outrageous absurdity of the wind industry's specious claims – from Maf Smith, Deputy Chief of the wind industry propaganda arm RenewableUK.


I suppose how far it qualifies as a lie depends on how you construe that weasel phrase "direct evidence.


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12/P/2/0216     Chapman's Howe     16m met mast

12/P/2/0228      Barcloy Hill     renewal 80m met mast

12/P/2/0214      Marnhoul , Dalry     50m met mast

12/P/2/0215      Little Sypland     50m met mast




12/P/2/0243     High Banks, KBT     2 x 33.1m

Open for comment until 04/10/12

12/P/2/0244     Banks Hill, KBT     2 x 33.1m

Open for comment until 04/10/12


12/P/1/0281     Glenstockdale     2 x 100m

12/P/4/0246     Craig wind farm    1 x 99.5m




12/E/2/0032     West Kirkcarswell     1 x 56.3m


12/E/1/0056     Arriequhillart, Wigtown     18 x 136.5m


A new website has been set up to fight the Arriequhillart development

for more details http://www.airriequhillartwindfarmprotest.com/


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