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New windfarm policy limits impact – but what about open cast?

A new South Lanarkshire Council windfarm blueprint highlights areas where new windfarms aren’t appropriate – areas such as Douglas, Forth and Abington, owing to the fact that these areas already have plenty of them. So if multiple windfarms in an area constitute an unaccpetable cumulative impact on Clydesdale communities, why the hell don’t open cast coal mines?

In blatant disregard for planning policy which states that multiple open casts can’t exist within certain distances of communities, the council has consistently imposed countless open cast coal mines on the Douglas Valley, and residents have been calling for a moratorium on new ones becuase of their overwhelming cumulative impact.

South Lanarkshire Council couldn’t possibly introduce policy that harms Scottish Coal’s interests. But windfarms? Well, there’s just not enough money in it, is there.

Full article in the Lanark Gazette here.

PEOPLE living in parts of Clydesdale which already have or are about to have large windfarms will probably escape having any more of the huge turbines built near them.

However, other parts of our countryside might be dotted in the future by scores of mini-windfarms of between one and three turbines each.

This mixed picture has come from two recent developments in Clydesdale’s renewable energy scene.

The first is a new windfarm blueprint just adopted by South Lanarkshire Council which would see areas like Forth, Douglas and Abington, where huge turbines are already built or are in the process of being constructed, being spared any more in the future.

This is the thrust of the new windfarm policy agreed by the council which draws a map of our area, showing no-go areas for future wind turbine building plus the parts of Clydesdale where the council would encourage the development of new windfarms.

The second recent development indicates `small is beautiful’; small windfarms being dotted about the countryside rather than the large developments built to date.

This prospect is being held out by a private energy company,
e-Gen, which is about to tour Clydesdale, seeking potential sites.

For more information on this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Carluke and Lanark Gazette which is in the shops now.

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