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Jun 282012

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Jun 272012



Over 150 residents of Methven and surrounding villages packed into the community hall on Monday night to express universal condemnation of a plan for wind turbines in the area.

The meeting was organised by Gask and Strathearn Protection Society (GASPS) under the Chairmanship of local resident Brian Simpson.

Simpson said “Most of the people of Strathearn have already had their skylines permanently altered with massive turbine developments in every direction. But this is a new attack on our communities with plans by landowner Hugh Grierson and his Gloucester based developer to build industrial turbines on the very doorsteps of our villages of Clathy, Clathymore, Balgowan and Methven. Our community believes this “lowland creep” is the inevitable consequence of landowners and developers being paid millions of pounds by government. Local farmers reported a feeding frenzy of agents desperate to get a slice of the action and looking to sign up options on the perimeter of Methven and other villages.”

Simpson added “The meeting acknowledged the need for renewable energy but was adamant that the place for such turbines is in the remote hills where impacts on communities are minimal. It is totally inappropriate to build industrial monsters in a farming and residential landscape.”

The meeting called for immediate action to stop this ill conceived plan in its tracks. Local MSP Liz Smith called for the community to make their voice heard with local and national politicians and stressed the need for objections to be made on a personal basis highlighting specific concerns such as noise, visual amenity, health impact of the so called shadow flicker, or impacts on tourist based businesses.

Other comments from the floor included:

“Quite simply this is the wrong scheme in the wrong place”

“One wind turbine quickly becomes 24 and before you know it the whole of the horizon has become a massive wind factory – you only have to look in the distance to the Ochills”

Simpson said “Rarely have our communities been so insulted and united in opposition to a planning proposition and we are appealing to the Griersons and the Ecotricity company to heed the massive support for GASPS and immediately scrap the whole idea. Our planning specialist Jim Lochhead warned us to prepare for a long hard fight and the mood of the audience left no doubt that the community are up for it and are determined that their voice will be heard.”

GASPS are appealing for help to provide expertise and financial support for the campaign and individuals and businesses are being encouraged to speak directly to James England Tel 07980212355 / 01738 840804 or email to


Notes for editors

  1. The development is proposed  by Hugh Grierson at Newmiln Farm, Tibbermore
  2. The Developer is a company from Stroud in Gloucester – Ecotricity
  3. GASPS is a new body established to fight this proposal. The website is
  4. In the next few weeks a press officer will be nominated but in the meantime enquiries should be made via the website or by email to
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