Locals rally behind no turbine Invercairn group

A wind turbine.
A wind turbine.

Over 200 people have joined a Facebook campaign against the erection of wind turbines in the village of Invercairn in Fraserburgh and district.

The group, which was formed on November 23 has already attracted over 200 ‘likes’ on the social media website.

Applications for wind turbines in the village saw the Facebook page created as a place for those who oppose the building of turbines in the area to share their concerns.

An application for a wind turbine at Flushing Farm, near the village itself, has seen 44 letters of representation from members of the public submitted to Aberdeenshire Council.

Invericairn Community Council had formally objected to the proposal earlier this month, saying: “The properties to the East of the turbine are likely to be affected by shadow flicker during late sunsets in summer which will be directly West of [the] structure. These properties may also find their TV signals are affected by the wind turbine which lies in the path of the transmitter near Rosehearty.

“The community will not see any financial benefit from the turbine and all income will go elsewhere and nothing for the local community.

“There is almost certain to be an impact on species and their habitat, particularly birds and bats,” they added in their letter to Aberdeenshire Council’s planners.

The group’s admin, Mike Summers, meanwhile, revealed on Saturday, via the campaign’s Facebook page, that his intention was to present the village’s “feelings” to Aberdeenshire Council should the application go beyond the planning phase.

The original planning application can be viewed on the planning section of Aberdeenshire Council’s website:
 www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk.