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Southend wind farm 

A planning application for a 16-turbine wind farm at Southend has now been submitted for approval.

Wind Prospect Developments and Ridge Wind, the organisations who have taken on the joint venture of developing the Kilchattan Wind Farm Limited in Southend, held a public exhibition in September 2007 where people could put forward their views and ask questions about the proposed plans.

The company have been investigating a site 3km north of Southend, which will comprise of 16 Vestas V52, or similar wind turbines, each with a 55m tower and a 26m blade, a total of 81m in height, with underground cables, access tracks, anemometer mast, a small switchgear building and a temporary construction compound.

The installed capacity of the proposed site, based on 16 Vestas V52 turbines, is approximately 13.5MW and will, on average, supply the domestic electricity requirements of 7600 homes while avoiding the emission of several thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.

The wind farm would be expected to have an operational life of approximately 25 years.

After this time, the development would be de-commissioned in order to return the site to its previous use.

Sarah Dooley, development manager for the project, said: ‘We will continue to work closely with Argyll and Bute Council, Scottish Natural Heritage and a series of other consultees and members of the public in order to ensure that the details of the proposal are clear and comprehensive.’

Copies of the Environmental Statement that was submitted along with the planning application are available for inspection at Argyll and Bute Council’s offices in Campbeltown (Burnet Building, John Street) and Ardrishaig (67 Chalmers Street). In addition a copy is also available for viewing at Southend Post Office between 10am and 1pm, Monday to Thursday. Copies of a 20 page Non Technical Summary documents are available free of charge by contacting Wind Prospect directly.

Campbeltown Courier

18 January 2008

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