Meeting called for turbine discussion

GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) plans for two wind turbines at its Cobden Street factory will be aired later this month at a public meeting in Montrose.

The consultation, organised by Montrose Community Council, will be held in the academy assembly hall on Wednesday, February 15, at 7pm.

A community council spokesman this week urged members of the public to take the chance to express an opinion on the scheme.

He said: “Montrose Community Council is currently in discussions with GSK regarding the format of the meeting. This is an opportunity for the public to come along and make their views known on this planning application.”

The community council has organised the meeting as a statutory consultee in the planning process, although it will have an independent chairman and secretary, to gauge the public’s opinions before submitting its own formal comments on GSK’s planning application, which was submitted on December 23.

Earlier confusion over a 14-day deadline for comments, mentioned in Angus Council’s official notification of the application, was later clarified and opinions can still be submitted to Angus Council up until planners make a recommendation to councillors.

Further guidance is available on the council’s website at www.angus.gov.uk or by contacting case officer Ed Taylor at TaylorE@angus.gov.uk or by calling 01307 473207.

The community council had been criticised over an apparent lack of consultation on GSK’s proposals.

A spokesman for Ferryden-based action group No Way GSK recently accused the body of “downright sabotage” for failing to have the issue on its agenda and giving local people “a voice in the matter”.

Community council chairman Peter Davies, however, maintained the subject would be raised at the appropriate time, after the company had lodged its planning application.