A windfarm petition with over 2000 signatures was handed into the Scottish Government today by Dumfries and Galloway MP, Russell Brown
The Scottish Government recently approved two windfarm developments in the region that had been rejected by the council. Mr Brown told the Energy Minister Fergus Ewing that local views were being ignored: he said:
– Russell Brown MP
"We hope that he will look at some kind of study into the area in terms of the impacts on the environment and the impacts on communities and on tourism which is so vital to the Dumfries and Galloway area and that is recognised by so many and also will he come and have a look.
"I am not going to force the Minister to come and get into a room with 200 or 300 angry people I just want them to come and see what we are experiencing in Dumfries and Galloway"
In response a Scottish Government Spokesperson said:
"The record shows that across the country Planning Authorities continue to support the vast majority of Scottish Government decisions on major wind farm. When developers choose to appeal decisions taken by Planning Authorities on smaller developments, in the great majority (around two thirds) of cases the decisions of planning authorities have been upheld by the independent reporter appointed by Scottish Ministers.
– Scottish Government spokesperson
"Recently the Scottish Parliament unanimously backed the Scottish Government's renewable energy ambitions for Scotland. Renewable energy is already creating opportunities for communities across Scotland - the sector has already delivered 11,000 Scottish jobs, with many more in the pipeline. Grid improvements over the next three years will create many more jobs and opportunities, including many in Southern Scotland."