Tiree Onshore Scenario Mapping Consultation

Ironside Farrar (on behalf of the Steering Group chaired by Argyll and Bute Council) held their third drop in consultation event at An Talla, Tiree, on the 29th and 30th November 2011.

The event was intended to provide further understanding of each of the four potential Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Scenarios advised by the developer and to consider in more detail the potential implications for Tiree.

Copies of the Consultation Boards and comment forms are available on Argyll and Bute Council’s website:
tiree-offshore-windfarm-onshore-scenarios-consultation
A paper copy of the consultation material is available for review at the Tiree Community Development Trust Office within the Rural Centre.

Comment forms/written comments should be submitted and can be sent by email, post or by hand:

by email – mail@ironsidefarrar.com

by post – Ironside Farrar, 111 McDonald Rd, Edinburgh, EH7 4NW

by hand – comment forms /written comments can be handed in to the TCDT Office, Tiree Rural Centre.

All responses received on or before 16th December will be recorded and considered by the Study Team. It is important to recognise that this continues to be interim reporting and represents the findings of Ironside Farrar. Consultation and details will continue to evolve as the study is developed and finalised.

3 comments

  • I think you may wish to correct the weblink for the piece on Tiree Onshore Scenario Mapping Consultation as the one given doesn’t exist. I think you’ll find that the correct link is as below.
    Kind regards,
    Seumas Macfarlane

    http://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/consultations/tiree-offshore-windfarm-onshore-scenarios-consultation

  • Should be all fixed now Seumus.
    Thanks for pointing out the error.

  • I recieved the below email…and think it has some value to us all on Tiree. Whether for or against or sat on the fence…the below should be read.

    ‘Downside of wind farm benefits’

    Wind farm developers are being encouraged by the Scottish Government to offer community benefits – some might say bribes – to local communities when submitting planning applications.

    Communities are being invited to negotiate benefits with developers in advance of planning decisions. This is a threat to the impartiality of our planning system.

    For example, Rural communities in the Borders are already being torn apart by wind farms. As developers rush to make substantial financial gain, often with scant regard for the impact on neighbouring residents or the beauty of the landscape, how can any single body fairly represent the interests of now bitterly divided communities?
    (an impact not in the governmetal or corprate statistics)

    At least community councils are elected and accountable. Yet the Scottish Government is now encouraging community groups to negotiate with wind farm developers to secure significant payments.

    In a sparsely populated rural area, how many villages have people willing and competent to develop a community plan and take on the management of substantial funds and complex projects paid for by a wind farm that is itself the subject of deep and lasting tensions?

    The field is open for self-appointed groups of individuals, possibly representing minority interests, who may not even be locally based, to take over decision-making on how community funds are spent. Surely this is contrary to the principles of local democracy, social justice and community wellbeing.

    Some developers are inviting individuals living close to proposed wind farms to invest in co-operative ownership schemes, in which community benefits are paid only to those motivated by personal financial gain, or duped into unbalanced decision making.

    By definition, the concept of community benefits should provide gain for the community as a whole. The co-operative ownership model privileges shareholders unfairly by giving them power of decision on how community funds are spent.

    The promise of big cash sums for our rural communities is very seductive.

    However, tight budgetary constraints mean that Scottish Borders Council (for example) will inevitably note how much money a community receives from a developer, particularly when the register of benefits comes into effect.

    Public spending on these communities will be adjusted accordingly – as already happens with lottery funding.
    Those communities duped into accepting extra money in the form of community benefits will soon discover that any wind farm pay-out will actually decrease the value they receive in return for their council tax payments and this will be spread throughout the community.

    It is unlikely that their council tax will be reduced – in effect they will be disproportionately funding other communities.

    There is no legal requirement for a developer to pay community benefits and these voluntary cash payments will be negotiated annually. This will lead to uncertainty in funding levels, especially if payments are linked to turbine output. Developers are interested in maximising profit for their shareholders, not for the affected communities

    We all need to wake up to the realities which lie behind the shiny promise of community benefits deriving from wind farms. The impartiality of the planning process is under threat and the democratic principles which underpin the way we live in our communities are being subverted.

    Anna Dickson
    Denholm

    Whatever your perception of the above it should be born in mind when deciding what is best for the community as a whole and not what may be best for the individual.

    Karl

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