Campaigners say ‘no’ to turbines

LOCAL campaigners have stepped up their fight to prevent West Coast Energy erecting a wind farm at Dodd Hill and Carrot Hill.

They have released an artist impression from Chapel Road at Bucklershead which shows four of the proposed five turbines. Measurements taken from fixed structures give a clearer impression of the impact to the countryside.

The energy company hopes to erect five, 126-metre wind turbines at the location. These turbines will be larger than the ones located at the Michelin Tyre Company.

Dodd Hill and Carrot Hill are north of Wellbank on the road to Forfar.

Local campaign group Against Carrot/Dodd Hill Turbines (ACT) has been speaking with visitors to the Carrot Hill viewpoint, many of whom walk to the Carrot Hill trig and across to the Dodd Hill Cairn where they admire an uninterrupted 360 degree view of the Fife Coast, North Sea, Sidlaws and Strathmore Valley. The visual impact of the wind turbines will adversely effect this beautiful visitor attraction.

Over 150 of the visitors spoken with over a two week period indicated that this proposal would definitely spoil the visual impact and their enjoyment of the area. The area is a recognised viewpoint and is known for its peace and tranquillity. Adjacent moorland contains a public footpath and the area is enjoyed by walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

A petition has also been signed by the many visitors to the area.

A spokesperson for ACT stated: “The gigantic scale and location of the proposed turbines contravenes all of the advice and recommendations contained in the Angus Local Plan Review. The Scottish Government Planning Policy document itself recommends a two kilometre set-back distance from residential dwellings to help reduce the impact on local communities. There are at least 33 houses within this area.

There are concerns for the well-being of local residents, as the noise emitted from turbines can cause sleep deprivation. Research indicates that sleep deprivation for the local residents will likely have a knock on effect on their health.

There are also numerous other options being proposed, including Seagreen Energy Offshore wind farm which would be located 25 km off the Angus coastline and serving Tealing Power Station. It could almost double Scotland’s entire existing renewable capacity.

Jonathan Cawley, Project Manager for Dodd Hill Wind Farm, commented: “Our application for Dodd Hill Wind Farm has yet to be submitted to Angus Council, and so is still very much a work in progress.

“The landscape and visual impact assessment and the noise assessments are still ongoing, and will form part of our submission.

“We have been consulting extensively with the local public, and held two public exhibitions in March which were well attended. We have also encouraged people to fill out a public opinion survey to let us know their thoughts on the development, so we can ensure it meets the needs of the local community.”

He went on: “Our Community Benefit offering is one we take great pride in. At our public exhibition we provided information on our proposed 10 per cent Community Benefit Fund, and we encouraged individuals to leave their comments regarding the Community Benefit package and the Dodd Hill proposal, and we were pleased by the level of interest the community has shown.

“We are currently in discussions with representatives from Inverarity, Tealing and Murroes and Wellbank community councils to establish whether it would be appropriate to create a Dodd Hill Community Benefit Forum.

“The creation of this group would ensure the local communities can continue to put forward their views on the Community Benefit package and provide feedback on all aspects of the proposal once it is submitted.”