No change to turbine opinion

MONTROSE Community Council is maintaining its neutral stance on Glaxosmithkline’s (GSK) wind turbine plans.

The company has now lodged its appeal with the Scottish Government against Angus Council’s decision to refuse the application for two 426-feet high turbines at the Cobden Street factory.

A public meeting was called by the community council, a statutory consultee, in February to help gauge the Montrose community’s opinions on the scheme as a foundation for its own response to GSK’s planning application.

Community councillors felt they were unable to support or object to the application, concluding that public opinion was equally divided on the issue.

At Thursday’s meeting, community council planning contact Sandy Munro said he had received notification of the appeal from the local authority and asked fellow members for their views on any further submissions during the appeal process.

He said: “The council has been in touch and the door is open for comments until December 14. As you know, since Angus councillors turned down the turbines by nine votes to two, they will be defending their decision in the appeal process.

“We decided to take no view on it because of the way it was perceived in the town but I would like to have comments regarding how we should proceed as the situation has moved on several steps since then.”

Secretary John Ruddy said that, as far as he is aware, general opinion in the town has not changed since February.

He said: “I’m of the view that the town is still fairly split on it and I haven’t changed my mind about what we should do.”

Chairman Tommy Stewart agreed and pointed out that there were strong opinions for and against the scheme expressed at the time.

He said: “I’ve no doubt that everyone has their own opinion about it, but the community council is there to convey the public’s opinion.”