Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust are considering an appeal against the decision to block their plans for a 76.5-metre turbine on Flemington Farm.
The Reformer broke the news on our website last Thursday that councillors were set to reject the plans at a committee yesterday (Tuesday).
And the news was confirmed, with members following officer’s advice that the plan didn’t comply with parts of the local development plan.
Campaigners against the turbine had launched an active campaign to halt the project, and both sides clashed numerous times over the past 12 months.
The charity had insisted the turbine was needed to fund their work over the next two decades. They are facing funding cuts from April, including a 100 per cent cut to their core funding from the council.
After the decision, a statement from Healthy n Happy said they were “surprised, curious and disappointed”.
The statement said: “We have the right to appeal the council’s decision and we will consider this. However, it will not be a surprise to know that we have not been comfortable being in conflict with some local residents.
“We need to stimulate healthy debate among local people about renewable energy and what kind of future environment we want for our children and their children.
“Many local people living in Cambuslang and Rutherglen supported our turbine proposal and many did not.
“Those who didn’t organised and mounted a very strong campaign against our proposal, while also acknowledging the excellent work done by Healthy n Happy.
“Our application to erect a turbine was not a luxury, it was a necessity to support our work over the next 25 years.”
However, the charity vowed to take the setback “on the chin”.
In stark contrast, campaigners could barely hide their delight after the decision. Liisa Hepworth, who lives in Loanend Cottages near the proposed site, said: “We were all quite emotional that this fight is over and we can get on with our lives and not worry about this huge turbine that would have impacted on us. We just hope Healthy n Happy see the sense in not appealing due to the strong feelings in Cambuslang and Blantyre, especially.”
Healthy n Happy first revealed plans for the turbine in February 2015.
It immediately sparked an angry response from those living nearby. The plan was opposed by Halfway Community Council while Margaret Ferrier MP called for a halt to the project. James Kelly MSP also expressed his concerns.
Over 1,200 letters of objection were received by the council. The plan also received 409 letters of support.
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