Port turbine support hangs in the balance

Wind turbine project: This picture illustates what the proposed turbine project will look like from the North Pier.
Wind turbine project: This picture illustates what the proposed turbine project will look like from the North Pier.

Fraserburgh Community Council will delay their decision on a letter of support for the proposed Fraserburgh Harbour turbines, it has been revealed.

The community council made the announcement that they had received a letter from the Harbour Commissioners at their last meeting, asking for a letter of support for the erection of two wind turbines in Fraserburgh Harbour.

Community Council chair, Ronnie McNab, told the Fraserburgh Herald that a decision by the group would not be made until the next meeting of the community council, allowing more, if not all, members of the community council to have their say.

Harbour Master Andrew Ironside had told the Fraserburgh Herald last week that the Harbour Commissioners “will be willing to discuss with the community council any concerns they have with the project at any time.”

“It is also worth nothing that the income generated from the turbines will create a community fund where an independent panel will assess valid applications and distribute monies to local projects and groups,” he added.

The community fund would feed money back from the wind turbines, which would sell power to the national grid, to local groups that apply.

Meanwhile, at the recent community council meeting, community councillor Doug Simpson said of wind turbines: “I’m not against them, but I don’t think that the harbour is the right place for them.”

The plans for the harbour turbines were revealed last last year, following on after the harbour chiefs were awarded European Union funding of £7.5million for a harbour deepening project.

The planning application for the two turbines is available to view on Aberdeenshire Council’s website, and is open for public comment until May 24.

The community council’s next meeting is its AGM, which will be held on Tuesday, May 15, at 7pm in the Council Chambers, Broad Street.