Scottish Power defends its Dersalloch actions

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Energy company Scottish Power has defended its actions in relation to the controversial Dersalloch Wind Farm.

The Gazette received correspondence this week from Straiton resident Peter Holden about his concerns over the plans for the 23 wind turbines.

The Scottish Government gave the go ahead for the wind farm in July but a petition for a judicial review is underway.

However, Mr Holden claimed that Scottish Power already knew the outcome of the judicial review as they have started work on the site.

A ScottishPower Renewables spokesperson said: “ScottishPower Renewables is a responsible developer and has been diligent in following the correct process in all respects regarding the development of Dersalloch. The Judicial Review is not directed at ScottishPower Renewables, nor the merits of the Dersalloch project, but is focussed on points of process arising out of the Scottish Ministers’ decision making. Under the terms of the consent we are conducting initial site investigation works to ensure we have a complete understanding of the ground conditions in advance of full construction beginning next year. ”

In his letter, which you can read on page 14 Mr Holden also says the Government overruled planners of South Ayrshire and East Ayrshire council,walking groups, ornthologists and lovers of Scottish scenery in favour of Scottish Power renewables who Mr Holden claims hold all the power in this battle.