Meeting to discuss windfarm proposal

The meeting will discuss proposals for Macritch Hill in Glen Isla.
The meeting will discuss proposals for Macritch Hill in Glen Isla.

A public meeting has been called for next week to further discuss the proposals for an 18-turbine windfarm at Macritch Hill in Glen Isla

Developer Eneco UK submitted the application to the Scottish Government in January which is for development on Scottish Water land at Backwater Reservoir.

The meeting, in Kirriemuir Town Hall on Thursday, April 23 at 7.00 p.m., will be attended by Dr Rachel Connor who will deliver a presentation regarding the development’s possible environmental impact.

It follows objections raised by wild land conservation charity The John Muir Trust. It said it does not support “industrial-scale wind energy developments” on wild land and that it believes the windfarm would have “a significant and detrimental effect” on the area.

Eneco UK scaled back earlier plans for up to 33 turbines to 18 and believes the windfarm would help reduce the company’s electricity bill by generating 138 Gigawatt hours of electricity annually.

A spokesman said: “Eneco has moved the turbines from the hilltops and designed the windfarm development in a valley that has already seen human intervention. This means that the Macritch Hill Wind Farm will have almost no visibility from the core of the national park, and will have little scope to interact with any other consented or proposed windfarms.”