BCC urged to ‘Save Cowal’s Hills’

An artist's impression of what the view from Inverkip might be like should the PNEwind development go ahead.
An artist's impression of what the view from Inverkip might be like should the PNEwind development go ahead.

A representative from Save Cowal’s Hills has asked Bute Community Council to back a campaign to stop turbines being built near Dunoon.

Phillip Norris spoke to members of BCC at Wednesday night’s meeting in Rothesay Pavilion about the Bachan Burn wind project.

The application, by PNE Wind, is for 15 145m (475 feet) high turbines, or for 20 110m (361 feet) turbines, set on the hilltops from Kilbride Hill south to Garrowchorran Hill, above Innellan.

Mr Norris said: “From Ascog, south to Kilchattan Bay, you’d see them all [the turbines]. I’d estimate that as soon as you get up Canada Hill you’d see all the turbines, so it has a very significant visual impact, with perhaps an impact on ferry passengers coming across from Wemyss Bay.

“One of our worries is that if this were approved, it’d be like a watershed - it’d be difficult to prevent further developments on these hills. On that land there could be up to 57 turbines, and the worry is if this gets the go ahead you could be jolly sure there’d be more coming. You’d assume there’d be more and more coming south of Toward, therefore closer to Bute.”

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