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Towering wind turbine planned for new South Ayrshire school

The new £42 million Carrick Academy super school is set to have a huge wind turbine on site.

It would measure 30 metres in height and generate electricity for the building.

The state-of-the-art Maybole campus will be environmentally friendly and completely carbon neutral vows South Ayrshire Council.

It is due to open in August 2021 if all goes to plan after securing funding from the Scottish Government.

The council has lodged a proposal of application notice for the erection of the turbine as part of its plans for the huge secondary.

A spokeswoman said: “We are designing the new Maybole campus to be a net zero carbon facility and as part of that plan we are looking to generate our own electricity on site using technology such as wind turbines and photovoltaics.”

She said the council’s Sustainable Development and Climate Change Strategy has set targets for reducing carbon emissions over the next five years.

The new Kirkoswald Road school will align with the recently adopted strategy.

Turbines in wind farms would normally be three times the height of the one earmarked for the school.

The mega Maybole education centre would be home to a replacement high school, three primaries and a nursery.

The plan is for Cairn and Gardenrose primaries to merge and St Cuthbert’s Primary will also have a new base on the site.

A swimming pool is also among the proposals along with two all weather pitches for rugby and football.

The campus could hold 1400 children.

Morgan Sindall Construction is in line to carry out the building work.