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Facebook campaign launched in fight against Angus turbines  

Credit:  Graeme Strachan | The Courier | 15 October 2013 | www.thecourier.co.uk ~~

A community council has taken to cyberspace in its battle against an Angus windfarm development.

Murroes and Wellbank Community Council has now set up a Facebook page to allow people to make their voices heard.

An appeal has been lodged by West Coast Energy after Angus Council refused planning permission for a windfarm on Dodd Hill, north of Kellas.

West Coast Energy has submitted additional environmental information, stating it would be happy with a reduced height of 100 metres for the five turbines if required.

This is to be considered at the appeal stage without an additional planning application to the council, and Murroes and Wellbank Community Council has been asked to respond.

The community council hopes the new Facebook page will allow it to gather responses from the community which would be affected by the turbines.

Chairman Steve Anderson said: “Our Facebook page has been a long time coming but at last we have stepped into the 21st Century and can communicate more effectively with the people in our community to help with local issues.

“We will be using the Facebook page to post information about future meetings, minutes of any meetings held and also raising awareness of any local issues or information concerning the community.

“One such issue at present is the Dodd Hill Windfarm. We as a community council are a firm believer of utilising appropriate renewable energy where possible and are well aware of the Government’s commitment to maximise the use of renewable energy across Scotland.

“However, the community council is concerned about the impact that such a proposed windfarm development and any similar developments will have on the local area.”

West Coast Energy has explored offering a 10% share of profits from the Dodd Hill scheme, to be split between the surrounding communities and the wider area.

Source:  Graeme Strachan | The Courier | 15 October 2013 | www.thecourier.co.uk

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