Power co-op chair hits out after Bute community council vote

Bute Community Power is seeking planning permission for two 47-metre wind turbines on a site near the island's Auchintirrie farm.
Bute Community Power is seeking planning permission for two 47-metre wind turbines on a site near the island's Auchintirrie farm.

The chairman of Bute Community Power have hit out at critics of the co-op’s Auchintirrie wind turbine plans after the island’s community council voted to object to the proposed development.

The community council decided by nine votes to five to submit an official objection to BCP’s planning application for two 250-kilowatt turbines, each 47 metres high to the tip of their blades.

BCP chairman Jim Osborne said: “Nobody else has come up with any proposals about how to generate income for the island which can be spent to support the community and its needs.

“Councillor Len Scoullar told the BCC that cuts of between £21m-£27m are in the pipeline from Argyll and Bute Council - that is a ten per cent reduction in the budget and will impact severely on Bute, on top of what has been felt so far.

“Several local community organisations have already faced funding difficulties and this will get worse...if the wind project does not go ahead there will be no money locally to fill the growing gaps in funding of local services and organisations.”

* More on BCC’s vote on the Auchintirrie project in the June 26 issue of The Buteman - on sale now.