Thousands of people have signed a petition to save Inverclyde’s regional park.
The document calls for greater protection of Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park from developers and wind turbines.
Inverkip and Wemyss Bay Community Council have backed the campaign to stop a windfarm being built there.
Chairman of the community council, Innes Nelson, said: “An application has been submitted to Inverclyde Council by Community Windpower Limited for a windfarm consisting of 10 410-ft-high turbines.
“This is only 600 metres from Hill Farm residencies in Inverkip and the internationally-renowned Everton Scout Camp, which is used throughout the year by groups from the UK and throughout the world. This application is both within the greenbelt and Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park.”
A petition with thousands of signatures on it was delivered to the Scottish Government on Tuesday.
The petition has also been signed by MSP Stuart McMillan and community councils in Kilmacolm and Largs.
Charles Woodward, Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park manager, said: “If regional parks are designated as special by international, national and regional designations, as they are, they should be protected.
“We regard ourselves as the green lungs of the major conurbations of central Scotland. We try to conserve the landscape, the plants and the animals that make the park so special.”
The petition was started by campaigner Sybil Simpson. She says the group is not opposed to green energy, but does not think regional parks are the place for windfarms.
The online petition is now closed, but can be viewed at www.saveyourregionalpark.com/index3.asp
By Lorna Campbell
17 November 2007
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