A public inquiry in to the future of a controversial wind farm has been dramatically halted.
The move follows claims by Prestwick Airport that developer AMEC was warned more than four years ago that their massive wind turbines could compromise air safety in the skies above Ayrshire.
Airport chiefs allege that the power company made no attempt to find a solution and ploughed on with their planning application to East Ayrshire Council regardless.
Last minute attempts by AMEC to retrieve the situation, including the offer of a new radar system, were knocked back by airport bosses, who insist that it will not solve the problem.
The inquiry into the plan to build 85 huge 400ft turbines in the Kyle Forest at Dalmellington has been adjourned until June to allow further time for AMEC to convince the airport that they can build turbines without compromising safety.
A spokesman for Prestwick Airport told the inquiry: “It is about the most unsafe place for a wind farm that it would be possible to conceive.”
The spokesman added: “AMEC’s persistence regardless has involved us and the general public in huge expense and time, and we will be seeking recovery of expenses from AMEC.”
The wind farm application has attracted 4600 letters of objection and has been turned down twice by East Ayrshire Council.
21 March 2007
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