Exhibitions held on Linfairn windfarm plans

Willowind Energy, the company behind the controversial Linfairn Windfarm near Straiton, recently held a series of public exhibitions on their revised plans.

The exhibitions were held across Carrick earlier this month and saw around seventy people attending across three different days.

The exhibitions were held in the McClandish Hall in Straiton on Wednesday 9th July, in Maybole Town Hall on Thursday 10th July and Dailly Community Centre on Friday 11th July.

Last month Willowind revealed their plans to reduce the number of turbines at the Linfairn Windfarm from 25 turbines to 19, each with a blade tip height of 126.5m.

And these exhibitions gave members of the community the first chance to have a look and comment on the revised plans for the windfarm which will be situated on land approximately 5km south of Straiton and 12km to the south east of Maybole.

The proposed wind farm would have a generating capacity of approximately 60.8 MW and would fall to be determined as a Section 36 application by the Scottish Government.

Section 36 guidance means that any application in Scotland to build and operate power stations within the Marine Environment are considered by Scottish Ministers for consent.

Commenting on the most recent exhibitions, Mr Suki Atwal, Director of WilloWind said: “We were pleased with the level of turnout over the three days of exhibitions, with around 70 people attending.

“We really appreciated the open and frank dialogue that was forthcoming from members of each of the local communities. Over the coming weeks we will be reviewing the feedback with our team as we work towards the completion and submission of the addendum to our Section 36 application.”

“Going forward, we are keen to continue our dialogue with the local communities around the site.

“We will be establishing a Community Liaison Forum that will bring together local stakeholders to allow us to engage further with the local community through the next stage of the application process.”

WilloWind will look to finalise work on the addendum to their Section 36 application and submit to the Scottish Government in the autumn of this year. The addendum will include revisions to the scheme as well as the associated amendments to the environmental assessment. On submission, all information will be publically available and representations possible for a period of 28 days.