Community council to oppose Bute wind turbines

Bute Community Council is to object to a planning application for two wind turbines at the island's Auchintirrie farm.
Bute Community Council is to object to a planning application for two wind turbines at the island's Auchintirrie farm.

Bute Community Council is to submit an official objection to a planning application for two wind turbines on the island.

After a lengthy, often passionate and frequently tortuous debate on Wednesday night, BCC members decided - by nine votes to five, with one abstention - to object to Bute Community Power’s planning application for two 47-metre turbines at the island’s Auchintirrie farm.

The vote followed a long discussion over whether five BCC members present - each of whom had made a declaration of interest at the start of the meeting by stating that they were members of Bute Community Power - should be allowed to take part in the vote.

In the end, and after each community councillor was asked to outline the efforts they had made to seek the community’s views on the application, convener Grace Strong ruled that all BCC members present would be allowed to vote.

Those present did so as follows:

To oppose the application: Ian Hopkins, Ray Beverley, Don Williams, Tony Harrison, Barbara Hill, Jean Donald, Frank Baxter, Grace Strong.

To support the application: Martin Catlin, Ellen Cromack, Iain Gillespie, Nina McDonald, Peter Wallace.

Abstention: Mick Common.