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MP in windfarm battle

An MP is urging protest over a massive windfarm development in the hills above Moffat.

David Mundell believes the “controversial” Wind Energy scheme to put up 36 turbines will have a “significant impact” on the scenic Devil’s Beeftub. The plans, which have been submitted to the Scottish Government, centre on Earlshaugh, five miles north of Moffat and almost same distance from Tweedsmuir.

The Dumfriesshire MP said: “This is a very controversial application.

“I believe of all the windfarm proposals this will have the most significant impact on Moffat.

“It will significantly change the view of the Beeftub – one of our most spectacular scenic sites – and construction traffic will use the A701 which is simply not good enough for this purpose.

“There is also a proposal to build the Clyde windfarm of 160 turbines between Elvanfoot and Abington and that stretches over almost to the A701, so the cumulative impact of these developments is a concern too.

“I would urge everyone to take the time to view these windfarm plans: the future of one of our most historic and beautiful natural landscapes is at stake.

“This proposal is coming at the same time as plans to build a massive industrial complex to the south of Moffat in the form of an electricity sub station to service this new windfarm and Harestanes and a cable link between the two.

“Whatever your views about renewable energy; there can be no doubt the accumulative impact of these developments will adversely affect the Moffat area.’’

the plans can be seen at Moffat Library, Mr Mundell’s constituency office in the town and at the council offices in English Street, Dumfries.

by Doug Archibald, Dumfries Standard Friday


11 July 2008