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Planning Decision Unlikely Before Next Year
A row over the controversial wind turbine at Cambuslang is set to drag on.
The outcome of a plan to erect a 76-metre-high industrial wind turbine at Flemington Farm may not be decided until February.
Community development trust Healthy ‘n’ Happy lodged the application with South Lanarkshire Council in a bid to boost its funding position.
But last week, MP Margaret Ferrier indicated opposition to the scheme and wrote to planners asking that it be refused.
Now Healthy ‘n’ Happy has repeated its position on how vital the turbine’s revenue will be to the organisation.
Executive director Brendan Rooney said: “We have made an application to South Lanarkshire Council to erect a single wind turbine. Our reasons for this application are very straight-forward. The current very tough financial climate is making it extremely difficult to support our work and we need to look to more innovative and alternative means of income.
“We want to bring new money into the whole of Cambuslang and Rutherglen to allow local residents and communities to decide what’s best for their area.
“We are waiting for a decision from South Lanarkshire Council and are happy to abide by the democratic process.”
Mr Rooney says the trust recognises that not everyone is in favour of its proposals, but it has been endorsed by many, including its board of directors, all of whom are local residents.
“Healthy ‘n’ Happy, as always, has acted entirely with both the spirit and letter of relevant legislation and guidance and have gone beyond what was required when consulting with local residents and local groups,” he said.
Healthy ‘n’ Happy says it is run by local residents, provides employment and volunteering opportunities for local people and has been serving the communities of Cambuslang and Rutherglen for 13 years.
“We are proud of our many achievements over these years such as our life-saving mental health services, our award-winning volunteering programme, Camglen Community Radio Station, our Bike Town initiative, youth and family work, supporting vulnerable older residents and our work with local communities to make them better places to live for everyone,”Mr Rooney added.
He says that during this time the organisation has received national and international recognition for its work and is highly regarded as a model of excellent practice.
Lisa Hepworth, spokesperson for residents opposing the plan, however, remains unimpressed by the argument.
“We have continued to say that we appreciate the good work the charity does,” she said.
“But their highly controversial wind turbine proposal has not only divided this community but has caused a lot of stress and anxiety amongst the people who have to live near to it.
“Sadly, the charity has completely ignored our concerns and has barged on regardless.
“What charity doesn’t want a sustained income?
“However, exploiting its position in the community, and causing a huge amount of stress and anxiety in pursuing this controversial income generation is just not on.”
And she says campaigners are no longer trying to engage with Healthy ‘n’ Happy.
“There is no point as they have pretty much ignored us now for eight months,” she concluded.