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Windfarm fight goes on

Concerned Kirkgunzeon residents met with local MSP Alex Fergusson as they stepped-up their fight against a small-scale turbine development in the area.

Natural Power Consultants (NPC) have applied to build two turbines – which will be two metres taller than London’s Big Ben – at Doon Hill.

The company also want to erect another two turbines at Barnbackle Hill, Lochfoot.

They will be seen from the A75 and A711 and the villages of Shawhead, Beeswing, Springholm, Haugh of Urr, Milton, Crocketford and Dumfries as well as Lochfoot and Kirkgunzeon.

But the plans have already met with opposition in the two communities.

A Dumfries and Galloway Council official told the “˜News’ that 59 letters of representation have been made regarding the Kirkgunzeon scheme, the vast majority of which are raising objections.

There have also been 12 representation letters in relation to the project at Lochfoot with most of them against the proposal.

Mr Fergusson met with representatives of the Kirkgunzeon Environmental Protection Group on Monday.

He advised the pressure group on how to go about mounting their campaign.

He said: “The main concern of residents is that this development could be the fore-runner for many more applications.

“I think it is a perfectly understandable concern and I was very happy to meet with the group.

“I will not take a public decision on the windfarm business but I am happy to meet with anyone and advise any people or group.”

Kevin Hornby, of the protest group, said: “Our main concern is the proliferation of these things.

“We know there are several other farmers in Kirkgunzeon who want to put these things up.

“They are allowed five turbines on each piece of land they have.

“We have been told the council will not accept objections on the grounds that birds may be killed or the views will be spoiled.

“Objections have to be related to technical aspects of the application.

“This is not a case if “˜not in my backyard.’ The turbines will be on our doorstep.”

By Colin Paterson


22 February 2007