Threat of A714 being closed for eight weeks

The developers of the Assel Valley wind farm are threatening to close the A714 road during the day for eight weeks.

Developers Falck Renewables want to carry out construction works adjacent to Glendrissaig Bridge but would need to close the road from 9.30am-3.30pm each day.

The developers say the works could start as early as 17 August meaning huge disruption in part of the summer season.

The plans have angered local community councils with one Pinmore and Pinwherry Community councillor saying: “This would be a huge disruption to the area and we are ready to fight this.

“The developers say they are planning to do a door- to -door leaflet but we haven’t been consulted on this at all and there’s plenty people in the area who don’t know about the plans.

“School buses would also be affected as they finish up at 3 on a Thursday and Friday.

“This should not go ahead.”

According to a document seen by the Gazette, the project panager for the 11 turbine scheme says they have been discussions with the Ayrshire Roads Alliance over the plans.

Stewart Turner, head of the Roads Alliance says they are not in favour of the plans and an application has not been submitted.

He said: “I can confirm that the Ayrshire Road Alliance was only made aware of the contractor’s proposals last week to close the A714 every day between 9.30 and 3.30 for eight weeks. Further these proposed works have not been entered on the road works register and an application has not been submitted. No definitive agreement has been reached in regards to these works.

“The Alliance does not support a full closure and discussions are now ongoing with Morrison Construction regarding a positive way forward for all involved.”

The Gazette contacted Falck Renewables for comment but they hadn’t responded by the time we went to press.

Emergency vehicles would still have access to the road if any closure went ahead.