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Straiton residents raise £20K to fight wind farm  

Credit:  Sarah Hilley | Ayr Advertiser | 8 Oct 2013 | www.ayradvertiser.com ~~

Straiton residents have forked out £20,000 to try and save their village from being overshadowed by huge wind turbines.

The villagers have managed to raise the money to hire experts to formulate a robust objection to plans for 25 turbines on farmland south of Straiton.

They have hired planning, landscape and noise experts to help them prepare their objection in response to Energy firm Willowind’s plans for the Linfairn application.

Bill Steven, chair of campaign group Save Straiton for Scotland, said: “Most of the money we have raised comes from individuals who have made donations ranging from as little as £5 to £2000.

“This village has not changed for 250 years and all of a sudden developers think they can come along and make a ridiculous proposal. It would destroy the area for generations to come. We are not an industrial area – but these are industrial-scale turbines.”

Bill said the turbines will be seen from peoples’ houses and some homes will be located only 800 metres away from the turbines – spanning 126 metres.

He also said views of iconic island Ailsa Craig from the village would be hampered.

He added: “When reaching the Monument, which is an iconic landmark in Straiton, the view of Ailsa Craig would be interrupted by the turbines.”

Willowind submitted plans for its wind farm to the Scottish Government last month and people have until November 8 to object.

The wind firm initially wanted to erect 29 turbines but has now applied for 25. The revised layout will also see the turbine proposed nearest to the village

relocated more than 2km south west of the village to comply with Government regulations.

Save Straiton for Scotland campaigners plan to deliver leaflets explaining the objection process with key dates and important steps.

Source:  Sarah Hilley | Ayr Advertiser | 8 Oct 2013 | www.ayradvertiser.com

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