Fight against Rossie wind turbines

A photomontage of the wind turbines planned to be built near Rossie Moor.
A photomontage of the wind turbines planned to be built near Rossie Moor.

Angry local people are once again fighting to stop wind turbines being built near their homes.

A number of objections have already been submitted following an application for three 80 metre turbines to be built 900 metres to the west of Rossie School.

The application was submitted by Tellus Energy Ltd in conjunction with the landowner John Stirling.

In 2007, campaigners formed STORM (Stop Turbines On Rossie Moor) and fought against three 105 metre high turbines. The application was refused and went to an appeal, and after a public inquiry, it was refused by the Scottish Government in 2009.

Now, STORM II has been launched to fight the new application.

Margaret Balfour said: “This application is an insult to the community which fought so hard - and successfully - to defeat the previous one.”

Victoria Stead said: “I am absolutely disgusted that an application has been put forward for these large unsightly wind turbines.”

Virginia Fraser, whose farm is nearby the site, said: “We now seem to be back at square one. The same landowners have registered a new application for three slightly smaller turbines, this time even closer to the moor and straddling an important public footpath regularly used by riders, walkers and birdwatchers.”

She explained it is the only unfenced path across Rossie Moor and would be closed for up to seven months during construction.

Ms Fraser added: “Rossie Moor is a quiet corner of wilderness, rare in this county, which must be defended.”

“Construction traffic would use the road from the A92 at Lunan Smithy, passing very close to several homes, and is estimated to include 254 loads of aggregate, 71 of concrete, and 15 arctics with turbine components,” she concluded.

Landowner John Stirling said: “I strongly support this application and believe even in the last application a majority of people were in favour.

“I believe given the changes made to this application that the site is suitable and will help demonstrate that Angus is a committed supporter of renewable energy.”

Glen Moon, project manager for Green Cat Renewables, who carried out the environmental assessment, said: “The site we have chosen is the best to minimise the visual damage.

“The turbines are not just 80 metre monuments, they’re practical things. They would power 1,400 homes in the UK and would bring in between £5,000 to £10,000 into the local community.

“I would encourage anyone who is opposed to turbines to go and see some up close. They might be surprised that the sound and visual impact isn’t as bad as they might think.”

Written objections have to be in by April 8.