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Windfarm firm reported to Advertising Standards Authority  

Credit:  by Stuart Gillespie, Galloway News | www.dgstandard.co.uk 6 September 2012 ~~

A windfarm developer was reported to an advertising watchdog over claims its website was misleading.

Burcote Wind said their proposed 24-turbine Benshinnie development in the Glenkens “would be obscured from many viewpoints”.

But Crossmichael’s Alan Keith disagreed and reported the matter to the Advertising Standards Authority.

They contacted Burcote, who agreed to remove the claim.

Mr Keith, who made the complaint on behalf of Turbine Watch 312, said: “In reality, most of the 24, 127m-high turbines would be visible from many places round Loch Ken and even from vessels sailing out of Kirkcudbright harbour.”

A spokesman for the ASA said: “The general nature of the complaint was whether the claim ‘owing to the topography of the site, [the proposed windfarm] would be obscured from many local viewpoints’ was misleading and could be substantiated.

“As the advertiser agreed to remove this claim, we have closed the case.”

Meanwhile, plans for a different windfarm between Kirkcudbright and Castle Douglas will go on public display next week.

Cornish REG Windpower want to create four, 107-metre turbines at Chapman’s Howe.

People will be able to study their proposals at two special meetings, the first of which will be in Gelston hall on September 14, between 1pm and 7.30pm. Next day, there will be a similar display in Kirkcudbright Town Hall from 9.30am to 3pm.

Source:  by Stuart Gillespie, Galloway News | www.dgstandard.co.uk 6 September 2012

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