Latest info received by Village Council, NLEI proposal.

Latest info received by Village Council.
Current status of NLEI proposal listed as decision “deferred” until the
completion of “The Electricity Works (Environmental Impact Assessment referred to here.


Subject: North Lowther Energy Initiative
From: Joyce.Melrose@gov.scot
Sent: Wednesday, 17 June 2020 2:39 pm
To: Econsents_Admin@gov.scot
CC:

Dear Consultee

ELECTRICITY ACT 1989

THE ELECTRICITY WORKS (ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT) (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2017

REQUEST FOR SCOPING OPINION FOR PROPOSED SECTION 37 APPLICATION FOR THE PROPOSED 132 KV GRID CONNECTION TO THE NORTH LOWTHER ENERGY INITIATIVE

On 11 May 2020, Scottish Power Energy Networks (the Applicant) submitted a request for a scoping opinion from the Scottish Ministers for the proposed section 37 application for the proposed 132 kV Grid Connection to the North Lowther Energy Initiative. The proposed development is to construct a new 132 kv single circuit connection supported on double “H” wood poles connecting the proposed North Lowther Energy Initiative to the existing substation at Elvanfoot. The poles will be approximately 12-16 metres in height and the average span between the wooden poles will be approximately 90-110 metres. The overhead line will be within the planning authority areas of Dumfries and Galloway and South Lanarkshire in line with regulation 12 of The Electricity Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2017.

Under regulation 12, Scottish Ministers are required to provide a scoping opinion outlining the information they consider should be included in the EIA report. Ministers are also required to consult the relevant consultation bodies and any other interested party which is likely to have an interest in the proposed development by reason of its specific environmental responsibilities or local and regional competencies.

The scoping report can be viewed at the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit website https://www.energyconsents.scot by:

  • clicking on Search tab; then,
  • clicking on Simple Search tab; then,
  • typing Grid Connection for the North Lowther Energy Initiative into Search by Project Name box then clicking on Go;
  • then clicking on ECU00002067 and then click on Documents tab.

To allow Scottish Ministers to provide a comprehensive scoping opinion, we ask that you review the scoping report and advise on the scope of the environmental impact assessment for this proposal. Please advise if there are any further matters you would like Ministers to highlight for consideration and inclusion in the assessment, particularly site specific information.

I would be grateful for your comments by 21 July 2020. Please note that reminders will not be issued, therefore if we have not received any comments from you, nor a request for an extension to this date, we will assume that you have no comments to make.

Please send your response (in PDF format if possible) to econsentsadmin@gov.scot .

Regards

Joyce Melrose

Joyce Melrose

Admin Officer

Energy Consents Unit

The Scottish Government

To view our current casework please visit www.energyconsents.scot

Spring Update 2020

SPRING UPDATE 2020

Dear All,

As usual, at this time of year we report on the Village Council’s plans for the Season ahead. Unfortunately in the current Lockdown due to Covid 19, most plans and VC business are on hold.

We are carrying out some administration business via email.

Back in January, we applied for a grant from SSE Clyde Wind Farm for admin costs, Website, and to carry out further work in the Village Gardens and instigate a more ambitious Community growing programme in the Poly Tunnel. (Just received approval of the grant of £2,340)

HELP AND CONTACT DURING LOCKDOWN

We are so lucky to live in our village and enjoying great weather at the moment. Also, it has become apparent that those who can, are looking out for their neighbours. Thank you to them. However, if you, or if you know of anyone that needs help or just a chat, please call 74435 or email secretary@wanlockheadvillagecouncil.scot

POLY TUNNEL Growing Season for 2020

On lockdown it was obvious that all the volunteers could not work safely, members of the Connolly family, agreed to use and look after the Poly Tunnel for the Community for this season. Thank you to them.

VC WEBSITE

We have appointed Mike Fuller as webmaster.

www.wanlockheadvillagecouncil.scot

BEST WISHES AND KEEP WELL

 Androulla, Catriona, Jane, Victoria & Jean

WVC New Committee

       WANLOCKHEAD VILLAGE COUNCIL

                          NEW COMMITTEE

Chair                  Catriona Blewer  

Vice chair           Victoria Chanin

Secretary            Androulla Richford

Treasurer            Jane Brydon

Co Ordinator      Jean Edmiston

Contact Details:

Email:  secretary@wanlockheadvillagecouncil.scot

            Tel n. 01659 74435

              DATES OF FUTURE MEETINGS

1st Monday – every other month – 7pm at the Community Centre as follows:

2nd of March – 4th May – 6th July – 7th September – 2nd November.

The January meeting has been re scheduled for Monday

27th January, 2020.

MEETINGS ARE OPEN AND ALL ARE WELCOME

Meet the New Poly Tunnel

COME AND MEET YOUR NEW COMMUNITY POLY TUNNEL

0N 16TH MARCH 2019

The Community poly tunnel has been installed and the raised beds are ready to go in!

POLY TUNNEL will be used for community growing-anyone can come along to sow, grow, and of course to harvest! No skills required, this is the perfect opportunity for those who want to have a go at growing some fruit and vegetables but don’t have the time or confidence to take on their own bed just yet. All produce in the community beds will be available to the whole village. A beginner’s seed sowing session will be organised later in March, and materials will be provided. Shelving is also available so if you just want to raise some seedlings for planting out in your own garden, come along and have a try!

If you’re interested in growing for your community or family, please come along on SATURDAY 16th March at 10 am for a cuppa and a chat in the tunnel, which is located in the Village garden, if you’re able, your help with moving the raised beds into the tunnel will also be much appreciated, so bring a pair of gloves! Kids with a guardian are most welcome. If you can’t make it but want to get involved call Jennie on 74211.

WANLOCKHEAD VILLAGE COUNCIL SPRING 2019 UPDATE

(with contributions from other village groups)

NEW COMMUNITY POLY TUNNEL

The community poly tunnel and raised beds have been installed in the village garden. Some of the beds are being used by local residents to grow food for their families, while others are being used for community growing. All are welcome to come and join in – have some fun growing veg, gain some knowledge, and enjoy a tasty local harvest. Look out for updates on facebook or call Jennie (*****) if you want to get involved.

SPRING CLEAN CAR BOOT SALE AND EXCHANGE

One (wo)man’s junk is another (wo)man’s treasure! Spring is coming, and the Village Council will be holding a car boot sale at the Community Centre. There will also be tables inside. Come along to sell or exchange those things you don’t really want or need in your life, or pick up some bargains! Time and date TBC. Fees of £3 per table/car. Entry fee of £1 will cover the cost of Community Centre rental and refreshments.

NEWS FROM WANLOCKHEAD COMMUNITY CENTRE SCIO

Following on from the meeting in March 2018, the Wanlockhead Community Centre SCIO would like to let you know that we are working hard on plans to secure the Centre for Future Generations. In the meantime, please keep an eye on Social Media and the Notice Boards, where we hope to be advertising meetings and activities to be held in the Centre; Lunch Club, Coffee afternoon, Drop in Centre etc., we hope to see you all there.” For more information please call Isobel on 01659 *****.

TREE PLANTING/REPLACING

Please join members of the Wanlockhead Community Trust and Lowther Heritage for a spring tree planting on Saturday, 13thth April at 10 am outside the Community Centre. Seedlings provided courtesy of Lowther Hills Ski Club will be planted/replaced along the Millennium Path. There will also be available seedlings for planting in your own gardens. Stakes and tree guards are provided courtesy of SSE Comunity Fund Micro Grant administered by the Wanlockhead Village Council. Please bring spades and lump hammers if you have them. (For more information please contact Mac Blewer at

**********@gmail.com or at *****.

INQUIRY – HARRYBURN 16 WIND TURBINE WIND FARM PROPOSAL

IN LEADHILLS

The VC attended and contributed to the above Inquiry, supporting the Leadhills community in their objection to the proposal.

A strong objection to the proposal was made by South Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Natural Heritage. In brief: Wrong location, accumulation of turbines, distinctive Scottish landscape of the Lowther Hills and Southern uplands, the setting and uniqueness of our two villages. And impact on the communities.

NLEI (North Lowther Energy Initiative) THE 30 TURBINES WIND FARM PROPOSAL FOR WANLOCKHEAD

This proposal is also going to Inquiry, we are waiting for further information of the date, time and place, of the preliminary meeting. At this meeting, the inquiry procedure will be set. We will keep you posted.

LEADHILLS AND WANLOCKHEAD RAILWAY EXTENSION

The VC has been asked to display the Plans for all those interested in the above proposal. The Plans can be seen in the Community Centre every Friday during Fareshare, between 10 – 12.

The Village Council holds meetings on the 1st Monday of each month at 7 pm in the Community Centre. All are welcome to come and take part; bring new ideas and skills. Contact Tel nos. Lynda Findlay, Chair, on *****

Androulla Richford, Secretary, on 01659 *****.

Village Council News

VILLAGE COUNCIL NEWS & INFORMATION

It is time for our AGM which will take place on Monday 11th September at 7pm in the Community Centre.  We hope you will feel able to attend and exercise your democratic right to stand for or elect your Village Council.

The VC meets on the 1st Monday of every month at the Community Centre at 7 p.m. We generally finish about 8.30 – 8.45 so in the scheme of things one hour forty five minutes a month of your time to take part in decision making and looking after the interests of the village would be greatly appreciated and be of great benefit to our community.  It would be good if the VC grows in numbers and skills.

Wind Farm – once we were given the task by a majority in the village to oppose the proposal, we tried to do what we could.  The formal VC objection was posted on 14th August, 2017.  We would like to thank all those who helped and all those who sent in their own objections.  We will keep you posted.

We have been approached by a student who wishes to carry out the following project:-

Ruth McNeil, an MSc student with the Open University, is undertaking a project looking at how communities are engaged with.  Her case study is the NLEI proposal.  She was at the Wanlockhead Community Centre on the 5th July, when the Environmental Statement documents were there for review.  Some members of the community have already spoken with Ruth about the background of the proposal.  However, she is keen to gather further viewpoints from the local community, if you can spare some time to discuss your thoughts about the proposal and in particular the engagement you have experienced so far from the developers.

Ruth is happy to come back to Wanlockhead to chat face to face or over the phone if this is easier.  If you are happy to participate, please contact Ruth on ruthmcneil92@gmail.com and she will contact you to set up a mutually agreeable time to talk.  Ruth thanks you in advance for your time.

During the last few VC meetings it has been proposed by a few residents that we look into acquiring an ‘Out door Gym for the village, using Clyde wind farm funds. Apparently there is a similar gym in Sanquhar. It was agreed at our last meeting that we would ask what the village thinks.  Please let us have your views and ideas.

NEXT VILLAGE COUNCIL MEETING – MONDAY 2nd OCTOBER.

Buccleuch’s objection to Twentyshilling Hill Wind Farm

Have a look at the Twentyshilling Hill Wind Farm Planning Applications Committee Report here.  On page 13 you can see Buccleuch’s objection to the application.  You will see that Buccleuch’s objections could easily be transferred to the North Lowther Energy Initiative proposal from the community’s point of view!!  Also the NATS objection on page 10 is interesting.

Twentyshilling Hill Wind Farm Planning Applications Committee Report

Wind Farm Objection Information

The time has come to OBJECT to BOTH of the proposed wind farm applications which have now been submitted.  The deadlines for objections are:-

Harry Burn Wind Farm – 10th July 2017

North Lowther Energy Initiative (NLEI) Wanlockhead – 27th July 2017

Please click on the links under ‘Wind Farm Updates’ above for each of the wind farms or click on the links below.  Each link will take you to the proposed style objection letter for that wind farm.  The style letters can be changed to your own personal preference.  Please spread the word – share with all of your contacts near and far and ask them to send an objection letter.  ANYONE can object to these applications to Save our Lowther Hills.

Harry Burn Wind Farm

North Lowther Wind Farm (Wanlockhead)