Aug 31 2011 by Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer Wednesday
CONCERNS are growing in Fallin and Throsk over a proposed wind turbine at Cambus.
An application has been lodged with Clackmannanshire Council by WRS Blackgrange Ltd to site a 67m turbine at Haugh of Blackgrange.
An increasing number of objections are being submitted from just across the River Forth, including some raising fears about the proposed turbine’s proximity to Fallin Primary School.
The RSPB has objected to the application, while Scottish Natural Heritage has said it is objecting at least until further information can be obtained.
Around a dozen formal objections have been sent so far but dozens more duplicate objections have been submitted, mainly from addresses in Fallin.
Polmaise Community Council chairman Gordon Copland told Clackmannanshire Council planners: “We feel that the height alone would spoil a very scenic spot, which is the winter home of thousands of Canada geese and many other wild fowl.
“The turbine would be well in view of the houses on the south side of the river and they would also suffer from the noise levels of this machine – and I would point out that on the council’s own plans the noise area would be heavy at our primary school.”
Local councillor Alasdair Macpherson said: “I have received a number of representations from residents of Fallin and, having studied the proposal in detail, I have objected to this application for two reasons.
“These are the visual impact on the villages of Fallin and Throsk and the detrimental impact the turbine would have on rare birds.
“Large sections of the River Forth are designated as a special protection area, site of special scientific interest and a RAMSAR site for regularly supporting aggregations of internationally important species. The proposal is within 1km of this designated site.
“I have asked Clackmannanshire Council to determine this application by way of a hearing, which will allow objectors from Fallin and Throsk the right to address their planning committee before a decision is taken.”