[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

when your community is targeted

Get weekly updates

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Stripe

Donate via Paypal

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Ill wind for turbine campaign 

Campaigners against the Kyle Wind Farm have vowed to continue the fight despite the shock withdrawal of a key objector.

The National Air Traffic Service, (NATS), agreed a last-minute deal on Friday with developers AMEC, four days before the Public Inquiry into the scheme which began yesterday, February 20.

If the plans are approved, AMEC has agreed to suspend building wind turbines to the north of the development, in the Dalmellington area, until new radar technology has been introduced.

However, the Chronicle has seen a document from the Civil Aviation Authority, (CAA), which is being submitted to the Inquiry. It states that the potential solutions to deal with the problem of ‘clutter’ i.e., interference with air traffic signals by the giant turbines, are ‘not at a mature enough stage.’

Commenting on the surprise move by NATS, local campaigner Mark Gibson said:

“The most important thing is that the CAA, who are responsible for air safety at Prestwick Airport, and the airport operators, are maintaining their objections. I think this shouldn’t alter things and we’re determined to brush this off and maintain our fight against the plans.”

Local councillor Elaine Stewart added: “I’m disappointed that NATS have withdrawn their complaints at such a late stage as they were key objectors.

However, we’re fighting on as it’s not only our future we’re looking at but the lives of the kids out there campaigning against this, who, if it goes ahead, will suffer for the next 30 years.”

A joint statement between the two organisations said: “Following constructive discussions between AMEC and NATS … the parties have agreed a way forward that satisfies NATS’ concerns. As a result, AMEC will move forward on the basis that the construction of a number of the proposed wind turbines, including all of those in the north of the development, will be suspended until new radar technology, aimed at resolving the potential conflicts between wind turbines and aviation radar, has been introduced at Lowther Hill.”

David Hodkinson, managing director of AMEC’s wind energy business, said:

“We have worked closely with NATS and are pleased to have reached an agreement that enables them to withdraw their objection. We remain in close dialogue with Prestwick Airport in relation to their concerns about the Kyle development.”

Mark Asquith, Head of Operational Policy, NATS said: “Safety is NATS¹ overriding priority and we are delighted that we have agreed a resolution with AMEC that ensures the integrity of our air traffic control systems.² The CAA precognition document states: “Although there are potential solutions under development, which may address wind turbine clutter, these are not at a mature enough stage for CAA to comment on their suitability.”

The statement went on: “Mindful of proliferation issues, the development must also be considered in light of the impact of those wind turbine developments already built or approved for construction in the local operating area.”

The CAA also commented that structures that are regarded as a hazard to air navigation need to be lit, leaving one campaigner to comment that “Dalmellington will be better lit than the Blackpool illuminations if it goes ahead.”

The Public Inquiry is expected to last for three weeks.

By Jamie Cossar


This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Contributions
   Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)
Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)


e-mail X FB LI M TG TS G Share

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook Wind Watch on Linked In

Wind Watch on Mastodon Wind Watch on Truth Social

Wind Watch on Gab Wind Watch on Bluesky