Hunterston Carbon Capture

by Sandy Morton

According to the BBC this morning plans for the power plant with the very high chimney have been withdrawn!  One eyesore which will not happen so hope that the enormous wind turbines meet a similar fate.

North Ayrshire Council Leader, Willie Gibson, welcomed the energy company’s decision to withdraw its planning application. He released the following statement: “The council unanimously rejected these proposals last November on the basis that the application was contrary to local and national planning policies and would not have captured 100% of carbon emissions from day one.

“It lacked sufficient information on the potential impact on human health and the local environment.

“We shared the concerns of a large number of local people about the adverse impact the plant would have on the local area.

"We have the highest unemployment rate in Scotland and while this proposal would have brought much-needed jobs to the area, the cost was simply too high in terms of risking public health.”

“The company’s decision to withdraw the application is a victory for common sense.”


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Tom McAulay says

Sandy, an understandable reaction to the decision but if you dont want power stations or wind turbines how will your electricity be generated? 

Sandy Morton says

I am perfectly happy with hydro power which is what produces our electricity at the moment and I would also be happy with solar and tidal sources.  None of these are visually intrusive.

Tom McAulay says

Sandy, I agree with you that we should seek to maximise self sufficiency in power production through renewable sources. However, by necessity of generation capacity, this will have to include wind turbines. I understand and respect your viewpoint but if everyone took the same stance then I suspect that at some point in the future, the lights would be going out across the land. 

Sandy Morton says

Tom.  Thanks for your constructive comments.  Can I politely suggest that since you obviously have a concern for this Community that you allow your name to be put forward as a member of the Community Council?  Community Councils are the only Statuary Bodies to which a Local Authority must respond.

Tom McAulay says

Sandy, I would be more than interested in joining the Community Council assuming that I meet whatever membership requirements exist.I didnt realise that there were any vacancies on the Community Council. I did check the minutes published on this site but the latest available date back to January 2011.

Sandy Morton says

Tom,  the ComC 's next election is next year but you could be co-opted until then.  Contact the Secretary - details on s1 Groups page.  hth

Tom McAulay says

Thanks for the information Sandy. I may well be in touch.

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