Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Final meeting on Corriemoillie Windfarm - your support is crucial

Dear supporter,
You should have received a letter from Highland Council, informing you
that there is to be a public hearing to discuss the Corriemoillie Wind
Farm application, on Tuesday 22nd March, which is to be held at 1.30pm
at the Council offices in Dingwall (located next to the traffic lights
at the top of the High Street). There will also be a bus trip to the
site for the Councillors, leaving from Dingwall at 10.30am. A final
decision on the development will be made at the hearing.
We are expecting E.ON will bus in paid supporters, and so a large
objector presence is vital to persuade the Councillors to throw out
this appalling development.
Stop Corriemoillie will hold a demonstration outside the Council
office from 12.30pm-1.30pm immediately prior to the public hearing,
it is vital as many people as possible attend. We will also be
present from 10am to meet the councillors going on the bus to
the site visit. There may be space for some members of the public
to travel on the bus with the Councillors.
The Stop Corriemoillie Campaign Group has nominated Ian Kelly, Head of
Planning at Graham & Sibbald to speak on our behalf at the meeting, as
all of the objectors have only been allowed 10 minutes combined. Ian
is a chartered town planner with 30 years' experience in all aspects
of planning. He has advised local objectors on some 20 major wind farm
projects throughout the UK, including giving expert evidence on the
key planning issues at Public Inquiries. He has advised the objectors
groups in respect of Lochluichart and Corriemoillie since 2007 and is
fully familiar with the development proposals and the various
objections to them, including the position of SNH.
Finally, Ian is well used to The Highland Council Hearing Procedures
having addressed all of the three Area Planning Applications
Committees in recent years.
Because of the time constraints it would be very helpful to us to know
if any other individuals wish to speak personally, so that we can plan
the short time available carefully. E.ON will certainly use an expert
to put their case.
Please let us know by email or on 0781 0540994 if you need a lift from
Achnasheen or Garve on the day. Some placards will be available but do
bring your own if you can. Refreshments will be available.
Please come and bring as many people as you can!
With kind regards,
Jackie
On behalf of Stop Corriemoillie, a group of local residents
and many others opposed to inappropriate development in
the Garve and Achnasheen vicinity.
www.stopcorriemoillienow.co.uk

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