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Assynt windfarm ballot

A public meeting and postal ballot are to be conducted at Assynt in Sutherland to gauge local opinion on a proposed windfarm project that has split the local community.

Assynt residents acquired the picturesque Drumrunie and Glencanisp Estates in Sutherland and Wester Ross for £2.9million under Land Reform legislation two years ago and they are now divided over plans that could result in three to six turbines being erected on one of them.

The estates, run by the Assynt Foundation, cover 44,500 acres of natural land, including the popular mountains of Suilven, Canisp, Cul Mor and Cul Beag.

And the foundation is now conducting a feasibility study into a community windfarm project on the Glencanisp Estate.

But Assynt Community Council is keen to find out whether local people approve of the move.

It has arranged a public meeting, to be held in Lochinver Village Hall on Tuesday July 3 from 7.30pm, and a postal ballot is to be conducted two weeks after the meeting to establish whether the community wants the foundation to undertake further development of the windfarm.

The Press and Journal

30 June 2007