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Oscar winner’s pals warn of turbine fears for valley  

Credit:  by Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer Wednesday, www.stirlingobserver.co.uk 7 January 2012 ~~

Wind turbines could blow Carron Valley’s chances of becoming an international movie location, according to friends of Hollywood superstar Russell Crowe.

And they could even put paid to plans to film a sequel to the Oscar-winner’s blockbuster ‘Robin Hood’ locally.

Crowe visited the Clanranald Trust’s Duncarron medieval village in Carron Valley last year.

The village is being built by the trust, a charity headed by the actor’s friend Charlie Allan. The pair met while Crowe was filming ‘Gladiator’ and Charlie was an extra in the movie.

The star has been a long-time supporter of the trust’s project, including arranging a £60,000 battering ram from the set of ‘Robin Hood’ for Duncarron.

And he told the Observer during his visit that he would be spreading the word about Duncarron’s potential as a film set.

The trust said this week that Russell had been as good as his word – but they warned that plans for future filming could be put in jeopardy by a growing number of applications for windfarms in the valley.

Clanranald manager Malin Allan said: “Russell and director Ridley Scott are already talking about filming ‘Robin Hood II’ and about are seriously considering coming here to film it.

“And we have a number of other big budget movies interested in this as a location as well, including one with Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons.

“This sort of attention from film-makers would not just be a huge thing for us but it would make Scotland the go-to location.

“Allowing these windfarms here would not just be bad for us, they would be bad for Scotland.

“We are not against renewable energy but we are worried about the effect of what we believe could be as many as seven different, officially unrelated companies submitting applications to build windfarms in Carron Valley.

“We were hoping to put Scotland on the map as a film location through our work at Duncarron. However, if Duncarron is covered in turbines it will be unusable as a location.

“It’s stupid. We have such an opportunity here, which will be great for local hotel accommodation, restaurants, businesses and the rest of Scotland.

“The Carron Valley has already done its fair share for renewable energy and windfarms. It is time to call a halt.”

Clanranald is hoping to persuade both Falkirk Council and Stirling Council to reject any windfarm proposals for the area.

Source:  by Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer Wednesday, www.stirlingobserver.co.uk 7 January 2012

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