Concerned residents in Methil have called for a meeting with local councillors over plans to erect a wind turbine by the site of the new hydrogen plant.
Householders were visited by a hydrogen office researcher who revealed a turbine, roughly two thirds the size of the chimney at the nearby power station, could be built at the proposed site of the plant.
This, they say, will have a detrimental affect on the value of their property as well as causing a serious level of noise pollution, a documented hazard of windturbines in urban settings.
However, Jim Keiller, a director of Alsherra Investments, which owns Methil Docks Business Park, said around 80 per cent of those visited by the researcher were in favour of the development.
Local woman Isobel Drummond has now called for a public meeting to be held with councillors, representatives from the organisations behind the plant and residents to clarify the situation is regarding the turbine.
“The researcher told me this towering turbine was to power their office alone – and for barely 25 per cent of its needs; the rest would be derived, like ours, from carbon-fuelled power,” Mrs Drummond told the Mail.
“By coming into this area, the hydrogen office is, of itself, creating a building that will be guzzling electricity, barely offset by the stored wind-power from this monstrous tower.
“But apart from this 25 per cent, if that, of ‘green energy’, the hydrogen office – but especially the company, Alsherra – will gain from this wind-turbine going up on our doorstep, is the biggest advertisement for their business, their private business.
“Towering as it will do over the area, it will be seen for miles.
“And it will offer no advantages – energy-wise or whatever – but huge disadvantages to the homes blighted by its presence.
“Jobs? What single job will a wind-turbine bring?”
Mr Keiller though, told the Mail the development would continue to bring “significant investment” into Levenmouth and confirmed the company would indeed be looking to submit a planning application to create the turbine in around a year’s time.
“We are doing these surveys to asses the impact this is going to have on the community and it’s going to take us about a year to gather enough information to submit the application,” he said.
“This is all on the back of the significant investment already made which we hope will bring in even more investment which in turn will lead to more employment – which is what Levenmouth needs.
“We know there will be some people who won’t like this but that’s something we are going to have to face.
“We’ve also still to determine how much noise is going to be created and that’s something we’ll be looking at throughout the year as well.”
13 June 2007
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