Share your view on Bute wind project

Bute Community Power plans to erect two 250kW wind turbines on land at Auchintirrie farm, near the centre of the island.
Bute Community Power plans to erect two 250kW wind turbines on land at Auchintirrie farm, near the centre of the island.

Residents of Bute are being asked for their views on proposals to build two community-owned wind turbines on a hilltop site at the island’s Auchintirrie farm.

Bute Community Power’s plans were presented to the island’s community council this week, along with a request that BCC endorse the idea.

The community council declined to give that endorsement at this stage, but promised to revisit the subject in two months’ time, once BCC members have had a chance to study the supporting environmental information, now available on BCP’s website, and to seek the views of the people they represent.

Convener Grace Strong said BCC had adopted an anti-wind-farm policy in the past, but added: “I’m not saying what was the case then has to be the case now.”

BCP is hoping to secure permission for two 250-kilowatt turbines at Auchintirrie, each 45 metres tall and able to generate a gross total wealth of £300,000 a year, with an average of £50,000 to be given back to the community through an investment trust every year.

You can have your say on the Auchintirrie proposals by registering or signing in to comment on our website. You can also comment on our Facebook page or on that of Bute Community Council, or by clicking on the email address at the top of this story.