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Community council opposes plan to erect 75-metre-high wind turbine at Cambuslang  

Credit:  By Stratton Williams | Daily Record | 28 Oct 2015 | www.dailyrecord.co.uk ~~

Halfway Community council decided at its latest meeting to object to the erection of a 75-metre-high wind turbine at Flemington.

The council will now write to South Lanarkshire Council Planning Department to lodge its opposition.

Chairman of the committee John Edgar stated: “Healthy ‘n’ Happy is only interested in taking money out of our community and using it in other areas.

“It offered to meet us in a closed meeting excluding the wider community, who they know are against its proposal. We are not prepared to do this. This completely goes against our statutory purpose in representing this local community.”

Mr Edgar added: “We do not believe that this community charity has acted morally or ethically correctly.

“Its words and actions don’t match up; and its attitude to this significant and controversial project is completely misguided,” he said.

Spokesperson for the campaigners Liisa Hepworth added: “It’s not right that this charity should railroad this proposal through.

“Brendan Rooney at HnH is hiding behind a deliberate misinterpretation that we are threatening legal action against them.

“This is not the case. We believe that the charity’s board of management just want to avoid having discussions with our community.”

Environmental lobbyists Scotland Against Spin has also come out in support of the campaign.

“It doesn’t usually get involved in supporting individual turbine objections,” said Liisa Hepworth.

“But because this one clearly does not have any support from the community most impacted they are keen to object.”

Air traffic control provider NATS has also objected to the plan as preliminary examination shows it “conflicts with our safeguarding criteria”.

Rutherglen MSP James Kelly has written to South Lanarkshire Council Chief Executive, Lindsay Freeland, on the matter.

“I understand why Healthy ‘n’Happy have made the application,” he said.

“I would prefer, however, if an alternative site could be found.

“It would be better if both parties could get round the table and discuss issues and I would be happy to facilitate that.”

Brendan Rooney, executive director of Healthy ‘n’Happy says that it is now up to the planning authority to decide whether the turbine goes ahead or not.

“We will find out in due course what the outcome is,” he said.

Mr Rooney repeated how it is vital for the charitable trust’s work that it goes ahead.

“We are supplying vital services for Cambuslang and Rutherglen – but we need money to be able to continue doing so.

“In the last two years we have lost 70 per cent of our core council funding and 50 per cent of core NHS funding.

“We need to find new ways to achieve funding and the wind turbine is one of those ways,” he added.

He also maintains that Flemington has been identified as best location for the turbine.

“As for talking about it, we have been as open as we can and have had countless discussions with those affected by it and there is a lot of support out there for our plan too.”

Source:  By Stratton Williams | Daily Record | 28 Oct 2015 | www.dailyrecord.co.uk

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