Argyll Array Project Update 19 – November 2011
The fourth and last of these meetings has now been held. Participants found the format to be a good way of becoming more familiar with the project and there was a lot of positive discussion.The numbers at the meetings, between 10 and 20, also meant that everyone was able to contribute to the discussions.
It was agreed by all that the format would be a good way of structuring some future public meetings, especially as the work of the Project Team builds up to the submission of the planning application in 16 months’ time. It was also agreed that, rather than send individual letters to invite people to future Township Meetings, that a simple notice in An Tirisdeach would suffice. The notice will refer clearly to the relevant townships and will be placed well in advance of the meeting.
Finally thank you to each and every one who attended the meetings for their positive approach and lively discussion, and not forgetting Josie for providing the hospitality.
Grid Route Selection
Readers will recall that it had been hoped that the possible routes for the grid export cable to get the electricity from the wind farm to Dalmally would be narrowed down to two by Christmas.
There have already been Public Information Days in Mull and the Argyll mainland about four possible routes. The two preferred routes to be selected out of those four will then be subject to further assessment and the final route taken to full environmental assessment. It will not now be possible to decide on these two preferred routes until the New Year.
The significance of this for Tiree is that a decision on the siting of the wind farm converter station will also not now be made until then. The options for the converter station are to be sited offshore within the wind farm or on shore on Tiree.
Since I took on the post of Community Liaison Officer, I’ve written 15 or 16 Updates in An Tirisdeach. Each has been edited by Natalka Busbridge and I’d like to thank her personally for her help and, particularly, her patience with my deadline time-keeping!