Campaigners against a proposed £40 million wind farm behind Greenock believe they have uncovered “damning evidence” about the way the issue is being handled by the Scottish Executive.
They used the Freedom of Information Act to get an email showing the British Airports Authority (BAA) had no intention of withdrawing its objection to the Corlic Hill wind farm.
BAA is worried the giant turbines would interfere with Glasgow Airport’s radar and affect aircraft safety.
Airtricity wants to erect 22 turbines, each of them 328 feet high, to generate electricity to an average of 40,000 to 50,000 homes.
The email was written on 2 February this year by Colin Cragg, senior planning manager of BAA’s Aerodrome Safeguarding Team.
He stated: “Our position at the current time has not changed. There appears to be little prospect of any technical mitigation or otherwise becoming available in the immediate future which would allow BAA to remove its objection to this scheme.”
It was written to a senior civil servant who reports to Energy Minister Allan Wilson on various matters including public inquiries.
The message was described today as “sensational” by David Wilson, chairman of protest group Keep Corlic Wild.
Mr Wilson, who is a Tory council candidate in ward one, which would contain the wind farm, said: “This destroys any justification for the outrageous delay in Allan Wilson coming to a decision over the wind farm.”
It is two years since a public inquiry was held into the project and Mr Wilson has had the report on his desk for 19 months.
It is widely believed the inquiry reporter recommended rejection of the plan because of danger to aircraft and the impact on Clyde Muirshiel Park.
An Executive spokesman said: “The matter is still under consideration by ministers.”
16 April 2007
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