Object and Save Loch Urr

We need to let the Scottish Government and Dumfries and Galloway Council know that Dumfries and Galloway is already doing its fair share for renewable energy production and that the number of industrial windfarms being proposed in our area is un-acceptable.

Please send your written objections to: The Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit, 4th Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow, G2 8LU.

For your objection to count they have to reach the above address by Monday 12th January 2015

Valid objection points

  1. Based on wind farms already operational or consented, Scotland has exceeded its renewables target for 2015 and virtually reached its 2020 target, therefore making this proposal unnecessary.
  2. Loch Urr is a large, beautiful inland loch in a rare part-forested landscape forming a natural bowl - a quiet, secluded and sparsely populated area of important recreational and ecological value with few man-made structures.
  3. Visual impact on the landscape would be severe, especially in the case of landmarks such as Castramon Hill. Turbines would dominate the skyline from the south for many miles harming vital tourist areas.
  4. Loch Urr has archaeological importance. The Crannog is listed in the National Monuments Record. Its setting should be preserved.
  5. Turbines would impact on the wilderness setting of Craigenputtock, a listed building and former home of Thomas Carlyle.  The solitary atmosphere is relevant to the works he wrote there.
  6. Significant amounts of construction traffic and abnormal loads would travel through the area to reach the site. Over 1000 tonnes of concrete and 60 tonnes of steel required for each turbine base plus 24.5km of new access roads, buildings, infrastructure, new pylons will all increase the CO2 released.
  7. The site supports an abundance of wildlife including otters, bats, migrating geese, whooper swans, hen harriers, skylarks, meadow pipits, whinchats, red kites and other red and amber-listed species with goshawks nesting nearby. Raptors and large water birds are particularly susceptible to fatal collisions with turbine blades and wildlife habitat will be disturbed and impacted.
  8. With an estimated 1000 turbines operational, consented or in planning within 25 miles of Loch Urr, support is needed to prevent cumulative negative impacts on the region’s assets, namely its people, landscapes, natural and built heritage, tourism and recreational business.
  9. There would be a net loss of 25.6ha of immature forest from the wind farm site with the loss of locked up carbon.  Although there will be replacement off site compensatory planting,  initially it will result in  habitat loss for red squirrels and birds. Unless the replanting takes place nearby there could be future loss of forestry and associated jobs to the area, so essential to our local economy.
  10. Any disturbance to peat land should be avoided. SNH has recently released an article stating that 'Peatlands store almost 25 times as much carbon as the rest of Scotland's vegetation. As stores of carbon they are supremely important in helping to tackle climate change. They regulate water flow ....remaining vital to our fisheries and water supplies.
  11. The  wind farm construction process is likely to impact water courses and disturb peat.

If you would like more information on how to object then please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or William@crawford.org



 

Scotland Against Spin makes it easy to object

Click here to access a quick and easy way of writing an objection against the proposed wind farm at Loch Urr.

http://www.scotlandagainstspin.org/

After opening the website, just go to the Loch Urr section.

Write to your MP, SMP, MEP, the First Minister and the Prime Minister

How you can voice your objections right now!

Once E.ON has submitted its planning application for the proposed Loch Urr Wind Farm, we will be able to write to the Dumfries and Galloway Council and to the Scottish Government to raise our objections. However, in the mean time we can make our concerns felt and voices heard, by writing to the following:

  1. Your local Dumfries and Galloway Councillor
  2. Your SMP
  3. Your MP
  4. The First Minister
  5. The Prime Minister

If you are not sure who your Councillor, SMP, or MP is, then you can find out here..

If you need guidance as to what to include in your letter then please contact us here and we will be happy to provide any help and support required.


 

 

 

Volunteer!

We would love to hear from you if you would like to help us with our campaign.

If you have a few hours to spare, then you may want to help distribute leaflets and posters or put signs up to help us raise awareness of the threats to Loch Urr.

If you have particular skills  to share, for example; writing articles and press releases, painting, undertaking wildlife surveys,  website expertise, public speaking, advocacy and law, then please do get in touch.  Our Loch Urr Team is passionate about helping to preserve the Dumfries and Galloway landscape, but we are all busy working people and therefore any help that you can give would be much appreciated. Please post your thoughts in our Forum or contact us here if you would like to help.

Donate

Save Loch Urr has been established by a team of local people who care about protecting Loch Urr and the wildlife and rural communities of Dumfries and Galloway.

It is run on a voluntary basis and is dependent on the genority of local people and companies in Dumfries and Galloway to provide funds to maintain this website, organise events and publish newsletters and undertake advocacy work.

To donate funds please click here.

 

 

Events

The Save Loch Urr group has held several public events to highlight the threat of wind turbines to the local area, and to make it clear to politicians, wind farm developers and land owners that 'enough is enough' and that we are not prepared to see Dumfries and Galloway get buried under a tsunami of wind turbines.

Events have included: Public meetings at Corsock and Moniaive, a march around Loch Urr, a picnic, and joining the Scotland Against Spin protest march in Perth at SNP's annual conference.

Save Loch Urr will be holding more events during 2014, which are likely to include a fundraising auction, a summer picnic and an art competition. It would be great to see you at these events, the more the merrier!

If you would be interested in attending these events or have your own ideas of events you would like to hold, then please click here.

 

Keep us informed

If you see or hear any features or articles about wind turbines, wind farms or their impacts in the media (local or national) then please post it in the Forum section or contact us. This is a great way of keeping everyone who uses this site up to date with the latest news on what is happening in the wind energy sector.


 

Tell your friends

The Scottish Government and big business are planning to destroy the wild beauty of rural Scotland with a sea of wind turbines that will harm property prices, tourism, local communities, wildlife and the magical landscape for which Scotland is renowned.

We cannot allow this to happen! So please tell as many people as possible about what is happening and send them the maps, the links and the information to demonstrate how the Government and power companies are planning to irreversibly damage OUR environment and OUR livelihoods and OUR communities.

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