Saturday, 20 August 2011

Straid wind farm # 2

Well ladies and gentlemen, it appears we have a comedian in the audience. Since we seem to be a bit short on really practical and useful information regarding the Straid wind farm proposal, I've dug a little out. First of all, ecotricity (the operator/developers) have kindly published a web page that can be found here.

Now, there are a couple of interesting points. The first is that the ecotricity page contains a photomontage  of the proposed site looking across the Lendalfoot bay. Now, why wasn't that image on the exhibition notifications that were recently sent out to all residents I wonder?

Now the wording:
"We think our proposed Straid Farm wind park is a perfect spot". 
Umm. I don't think so. Clearly the old adage: location, location location has not been applied here. 

"It could power the equivalent of over half the homes in South Ayrshire – that’s a lot of clear, green power". Well it would be but I'm sorry, there is no way that 16 turbines are going to generate that much electricity (unless ecotricity have single handedly solved the energy crisis for us).

And lastly:
"We’ve designed the layout carefully to take a whole range of factors into account, including the landfill site next door, on-site ecology and ornithology, radar, site access and the local grid connection, together with any potential impact on the wider landscape". Sorry? did I miss something? This line is straight out of a comedy script surely?

I will resist the temptation to comment further on this (tempting though it is), and leave you to draw your own conclusions with regard to the suitability of this proposed development. Anyway, don't forget you have an opportunity to express your reviews regarding this, ahemm, stunning new development at the Lendalfoot Community Hall on 30 August 2011 between the hours of 4PM and 8PM. If you miss that, then there is a second opportunity at the Colmonell Community Hall the next day, at the same times.

In the meantime, if you have any questions for ecotricity regarding this proposed development, they have a dedicated email address: ready and waiting to recieve youe comments and questions.