Opponents of a massive windfarm planned for the Glenkens have described the potential layout as “absolutely horrendous”.
Energy giants E.ON want to build as many as 50 turbines around Loch Urr, which lies between Corsock and Moniaive. This week they unveiled exactly where the turbines would be placed.
But members of the Save Loch Urr association were far from happy with what they saw at a consultation meeting in Corsock on Tuesday.
The group’s Caroline Pridham said: “It will be absolutely horrendous – there are going to be turbines all around the loch.
“At the meeting there was not a single picture of Loch Urr. There were images from viewpoints at Corsock, Moniaive and other villages, which were pretty bad, but there none of what Loch Urr would look like surrounded by windfarms.
“When I was there, there were about 30 people at the meeting, which doesn’t sound like a lot but there are only around 20 people in Corsock. Everybody seemed staggered and horrified by what they saw.”
Save Loch Urr have produced a map highlighting the potential problems if every windfarm currently in the pipeline for the area gets the go-ahead as they feel the cumulative impact has not been properly investigated.
They claim there will be more than 1,000 turbines within a 12km radius of the parish of Glencairn if they are all developed.
The association plans to present a letter to E.ON asking them to scrap the Loch Urr proposals when there are further meetings in the Glenkens next week.
E.ON previously said if the 150 MW development is built there could be a community benefits fund of around £750,000 a year.
A spokeswoman for the firm said: “Public exhibitions were held in Dunscore and Corsock to give people the chance to view, ask questions and comment on our initial layout for the proposed Loch Urr windfarm.
“We welcome the feedback received at these events, which, combined with our environmental studies, will help form a final layout that we hope to submit early in 2014. We’ll continue to keep the community informed as this project progresses.
“Further sessions will be held next week.”
Anyone interested in seeing the proposals should head to the Glencairn Institute in Moniaive on Monday or Dalry Town Hall on Tuesday.
Both events run between 2pm and 8pm.
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