Public meeting to discuss turbines

THE PUBLIC will be given the chance next week to air its views at a public meeting on GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) proposed wind turbines.

The open event, to which GSK has been invited to send a representative, has been organised by Ferryden Community Council after the matter was raised at its recent meeting.

It has been timed to follow the company’s own exhibition and consultation exercise which is being held in the Links Hotel today (Thursday) between noon and 8pm.

Member Daniel Paton, who is also preparing an information leaflet for circulation around the village, said communication with the local community had to be clear due to “the number of rumours that will be flying around” and the possible resignation that the scheme is “a done deal” because of the company’s involvement.

GSK is proposing to site two 426-foot high turbines at its Cobden Street factory to generate power for the site, reducing running costs as well as its carbon footprint. The aim is to generate six megawatts of electricity by 2013, the equivalent of powering 3,000 homes and the company maintains that to generate that amount of electricity the turbines, from base to tallest blade tip, would have to be that height.

Although no planning application has yet been lodged with Angus Council, the proposal has already attracted a degree of opposition with an online petition being launched on the GoPetition website.

The community council’s leaflet features details on the turbines’ proposed locations, their dimensions as well as information about GSK’s exhibition and the online petition. The company has also been invited to give a presentation at the meeting, which will be chaired by Rev David Dixon, in Inchbrayock Church Hall, Brownlow Place, next Tuesday (September 20) at 7.30pm.