March 19, 2012

Ogilvie team condemn wind farm proposals

Hawick News, 18 March 2012

The chairman of the Will H. Ogilvie Memorial Committee has written a letter of objection to the proposed wind farm on Barrel Law.

Penned on behalf of the custodians of the memorial cairn and seat dedicated to the Border poet on the road between Ashkirk and Roberton, Ian Landles has expressed concerns over the impact the development will have on the view.

Last month, wind farm developer ABO Wind submitted plans to erect eight 125-metre turbines near Roberton, close to the Langhope Rig site, which have been approved although work is yet to start.

However, in his letter to Scottish Borders Council, Mr Landles said: “We unveiled the cairn in 1993 and since then it has become a mecca for admirers of the poet from all over the world, particularly Australia where he spent some of his early years and where he is still renowned for his bush ballads.

“To erect an obtrusive wind farm directly opposite would destroy the location’s unspoilt ambience forever. It is our fervent hope that the application will be turned down thus protecting the posterity of one of the Borders foremost literary shrines.”

A decision from SBC is expected by mid-June.

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