Stornoway Community Council makes ‘last call’ for views on wind farm

A visualisation of how the scheme will look from Newmarket, just outside Stornoway. NO F10 Newmarket
A visualisation of how the scheme will look from Newmarket, just outside Stornoway. NO F10 Newmarket

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Stornoway Community Council has issued a ‘last call’ for residents of the town to make their views known about the proposed Stornoway Wind Farm, ahead of the group submitting its official response to the Scottish Government consultation on the matter.

The community council says many emails have already come from local people expressing their ‘shock’ at the scale of the planned development and have added their names to calls for a public local inquiry be held into the Lewis Wind Power/EDF plans because of the level of public interest.

In its statement, the community council told the Lochaber Times: ‘There has been shock, outrage and distress voiced at the relative silence surrounding this latest stage of the development process – the publication of the Environmental Impact Assessment report into the project and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar officially taking a view on it – with residents calling for a public local inquiry ‘in the interests of democracy and transparency’.’

Those wanting to email in their views had until February 28 to do so, as the community council has to submit its response to the consultation by March 4.

The community council added: ‘As part of our response, the community council will argue there is public interest in a public local inquiry being held to address all issues surrounding the project.’

The proposed Stornoway Wind Farm would consist of 33 turbines, most of which would be up to 180 metres tall.

The edge of the development would be around 1.5km from Stornoway and would be sited across the Pentland moor, from near the Harris road to near Newmarket.

It would be visible from all roads into Stornoway and from around 12km out to sea on the Stornoway-Ullapool ferry route.

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How the scheme would look from Newmarket, just outside Stornoway.

NO F10 Newmarket