Share of wind farm cash fails to sway national park villagers

Residents in Kilmun Parish have voted overwhelmingly against plans for the UK’s largest community wind farm in Cove.

Villagers in Blairmore, Strone and Kilmun were given the chance to have their say in a public ballot after a public meeting in Blairmore last month.

And today the results were announced – 105 people were against the wind farm and 24 in favour, while nine papers were spoilt, duplicated or apparently from people not on the electoral roll.

The villages, in part of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, would have the clearest views of the five turbines proposed for Cove, on the far side of Loch Long.

Ardentinny Community Council is understood still to be considering its community’s position.

Rosneath Peninsula West Community Development Trust, which hopes to raise over £300,000 per year with the project, had offered to share some of the proceeds with communities affected.

Trust board members addressed the first part of the public meeting, discussing photo montages of the turbines with residents.

They had already met representatives of the communities, and have also been meeting national park officials in a bid to allay their concerns.

The trust amended its constitution at its AGM last month so that communities outwith the villages of Cove, Kilcreggan, Peaton, Ardpeaton and Portkil.

Board members have also visited community councils including Rosneath & Clynder, Garelochead and Helensburgh to discuss their proposals before a planning application is submitted to Argyll and Bute Council.

They hope the wind farm will be in operation by March 2014, generating enough electricity for 5,000 homes.

A poll of residents in the Cove and Kilcreggan area organised by the trust said that 82% were in favour of the wind farm.

3 Comments

  1. Can’t blame them. I’d object to a wind farm on their side of the water. Wonder how much dosh they were offered?

  2. – the Shore villages demonstrate a wider vision than just filthy lucre. The headline on this article only serves to highlight this.
    We do not own this landscape – we are only temporary caretakers, and must take this responsibilty seriously. It has been stated of this project ‘…..I am not doing this to save the planet ‘……..
    Oh and ‘who do they think…; we’d welcome your objection – nothing to stop the good folks in Rosneath having the same opinion!

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