Fears that transporation of wind turbines could close a busy main route have been dismissed as a red herring.
Campaigners against Npower Renewables’ plans for a nine-turbine windfarm at Ballindalloch near Balfron say lives could be put at risk if the development gets the go-ahead.
But the developers are adamant this will not be the case.
EVAG held an exhibition in Buchlyvie recently, when it was claimed that the A811 through Arnprior and Buchlyvie could be closed to local traffic up to 30 times during construction of the proposed windfarm as the 410-feet high turbines are transported to the site.
EVAG chairman Gordon Adams said: “Make no mistake, the construction of these turbines will cause disruption to people living near the A811.
“This road is also the main arterial route for emergency services to the hospital in Stirling, which is a lifeline to many rural residents.
“If there is a blockage the necessary diversion could have fatal effects.
“The low-loader transporters used to carry the turbine towers and blades will not be able to get round corners and bends on this road. They will have to go straight over a roundabout, cut across corners on to verges and street furniture and signs may have to be removed.”
Mr Adams also said a groundswell of public opinion was growing against the plans.
He added: “A total of seven community councils in west Stirlingshire have already voted to object to the proposal: Balfron, Fintry, Killearn, Strathblane, Drymen, Gartmore and Port of Menteith.
“The voice of the people is being heard loud and clear and they are saying ‘no’.
“As well as objections from community councils there have been several hundred objections from individuals and other organisations sent to Stirling Council.”
A spokesperson for Npower Renewables said the roads issue was a red herring, adding: “The road will not have to be closed.
“Vehicles would move at the same speed as any other heavy goods vehicle and would have a police escort and therefore links with emergency services.
“On the matter of letters of objection, given they have conducted a sustained campaign encouraging people to do this, it is not a particular surprise.
“We believe, however, that more than 100 letters of support for the windfarm have also been lodged with the council.”
29 February 2008
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