Campaigners deny “bullying” tactics

ALLEGATIONS of bullying by objectors to GlaxoSmithKline’s turbines plans have been strongly denied by the campaign group set up to oppose the scheme.

Member Tina Maclean this week said that no member of the No Way GSK group has ever forced their views on others and far from being radical activists who use bullying tactics. The claim was made by Ferryden residents to community council chairman Gordon Brown, who raised the matter at the last meeting.

In a letter to Mr Brown one resident said a relative, who supports GSK’s plan, had been approached by one of No Way GSK’s members and asked why she was not supporting them.

He said: “They made her feel intimidated and the No Way GSK member was angry that she was happy to support the turbines.”

Mr Brown also said that residents in favour or with a neutral stance on the scheme have been worried about speaking up in case the group’s “bullying” tactics are turned on them.

But Mrs Maclean said the allegation is “unwarranted” and contrary to the community council’s neutral stance on the issue.

She said: “In voicing his personal feelings he has influenced people who now see No Way GSK as a ‘bullying activist group’.

“The fact is we are simply a group of local residents who feel passionately that the site and size of GSK’s planned turbines is totally inappropriate. No Way GSK is not against wind turbines, green energy or GSK - we are simply against the planned site of these huge structures that will undoubtedly have an effect on our village of Ferryden and surrounding areas for many years to come.

“No Way GSK work hard to ensure that the public are made aware of the planned turbines and the associated risk to homelife, community life, health and wildlife etc. We give support to those members of the community who feel the same.

“Having spoken with many residents the majority feel the size of the turbines is detrimental to the skyline of Montrose and the site is far too close to residential areas in Ferryden and Montrose.”

Mrs Maclean added that the group will continue to gather information and data to build a case against the plans and request that the company considers a “safer site” regardless of extra costs incurred. It will also campaign for the two-kilometre buffer zone around turbines recommended in the Scottish Government’s planning guidance to be adopted by Angus Council.

Ferryden Community Council has launched a survey to gauge opinion of residents within its area. Views can be expressed online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FCCCGSKturbinessurvey or by using the form on page 2 of this week’s Review.