21.11.2012 - Bute Community Council considers plans for wind turbines at Ascog

Having requested (on 12 November 2012) the as-then unpublished Minutes of the 18 July 2012 Bute Community Council meeting during which anti-turbine campaigners made apparently 'detailed' objections before the planning application for three wind turbines at Ascog Farm was even lodged we were glad to receive a copy of the Minutes from the Secretary of BCC on the afternoon of 19 November 2012.

In thanking the Secretary for the documents it emerged that the BCC was to consider the issue again and vote on it on the evening of 21 November 2012 with a ten-minute slot to consider arguments 'for' and 'against'.

There's nothing like receiving advance notice of an important meeting! Especially when you've just left the Island and have to get a flight and boat back in the middle of a spell of particularly rough and windy weather!

Nonetheless, Adrian managed to make it through the bad weather and gave a presentation (2.48MB PowerPoint 2010) which you may download or hopefully page through using the viewer below:

Adrian's presentation was followed by a team effort by Mr Tony Harrison (of eco green[r]evolution Huf House fame) and Mrs Jean Moffat of The Hermitage who read out a letter from another Ascog 'villager'.

The thrust of their arguments again concerned: Unfortunately, once everyone had left the room following the 'for' and 'against' wind speeches the BCC Councillors voted 8/3 against the proposal for turbines at Ascog Farm. Given the hostility to the idea from a section of Bute society this was not a total surprise.

Perhaps everyone should read the recent World Bank report into the dangers of a "+4oC world", warning of potentially major sea-level changes, crop failures, temperature changes and mass emigration if climate change is left unchecked.

The World Bank also state unequivocally that:

Warming of 4°C can still be avoided: numerous studies show that there are technically and economically feasible emissions pathways to hold warming likely below 2°C. Thus the level of impacts that developing countries and the rest of the world experience will be a result of government, private sector, and civil society decisions and choices, including, unfortunately, inaction.

If you are inclined to think that it might not be a bad idea to try and do something about climate change by harnessing wind power, are unconcerned by 'health scare' claims and agree with Scotland's MSPs that no evidence of harm to tourism has come from wind turbine developments please support the planning application for a renewable/community wind energy project at Ascog Farm.

It's over to the planners at Argyll & Bute Council now to thoroughly investigate the planning application.