Letters

Swans clean their plumage beside The Hirsel pond in Coldstream.
Swans clean their plumage beside The Hirsel pond in Coldstream.

Concern over tactic by wind farm developers

SIR, - I read with concern last week your front page article “Wind farm developers tired of waiting for decision from SBC” concerning RES, the developers at Penmanshiel who are by-passing the democratic local planning process and have gone straight to the Government asking for a decision on their proposed wind turbine development of 15 wind turbines of 100 metres high. 

If this tactic by RES becomes a precedent then other developers may follow suit. I would urge everyone who is concerned by this undemocratic and underhand procedure to write to our local MSPs and councillors to object in the strongest terms.

The list of local councillors and MSPs can be found on: http://www.opposeblackmains.org/do-you-know-that/

RES were one of six wind farm developers contacted by Scottish Borders Council this summer and advised that their applications, all for wind farms in Berwickshire, would be recommended for refusal because of the height of the turbines and because they were considered incompatible with the landscape

We commend SBC planning officials who are standing up to the bully-boy tactics of these developers who seek to ruin our landscape, tourism and rural beauty with such large scale windfarms. We should support them. They are appointed officers who know this area of the Scottish Borders well.

Their decisions are made on valid planning concerns and should not be allowed to be ridden over roughshod by the Reporter who is based in Edinburgh and influenced by Scottish Government policy, as was the case with the huge windfarm development on Coldingham Moor.

Wind farm applicants at Penmanshiel, Kinegar/Neuk Farm, Hoprigshiels, Blackburn Farm, Quixwood and Monashee were all contacted by Scottish Borders Council planners in June. Since then a decision has been made on two of the applications in August: Berwickshire Housing Association’s plans for a three turbine windfarm at Hoprigshiels was approved; the six 126m turbines at Blackburn, near Grantshouse, were refused.

The remaining four – which include Penmanshiel 11/01464/FUL – are still pending.

Representations and comments submitted to Scottish Borders Council by individuals and groups regarding the wind farm are still relevant and will be reviewed as part of the decision- making process.

We urge you to write to SBC and local councillors and MSPs to urge them to uphold the SBC’s right to decide on local planning issues and the right of local people to preserve their landscape.

You can also write to The Chief Reporter, Scottish Executive Inquiry Reporter’s Unit, 4 The Courtyard, Callendar Business Park, Callendar Road, Falkirk, FK1 1XR.

ANNABEL MILNE

Coldingham

Every effort must be made to save Lennel Tennis Club

SIR, - In response to your article on September 27 with regards to Lennel Tennis Club.

One sees the hoary hand of Mammon at work here, what other reason can there be, Lennel Tennis Club is a facility that has been available for use to countless generations.

Especially more so, after this spectacular summer sporting calendar, Olympics, Wimbledon, US Open, and Ryder Cup successes.

To wish to designate this area, plus a large swathe of adjoining land beggars belief.

The good people of Coldstream, must put every effort into defeating this abhorrent proposal.

Whilst I welcome councillors Greenwell and Moffat’s words, I hesitate to get too enthusiastic, as I still recall certain promises from various councillors to save Trafalgar House, the waste disposal facility at Hillview, salt bins around the town and pavements (still in a sorry state).

Think positive though, promises may be kept this time.

R.V.N. KENNEDY,

Duns Road,

Coldstream

Lennel Tennis Club continues to thrive

SIR, - On September 27, your paper published a piece entitled ‘Game, set and match for Lennel Tennis Club?’which might have caused some readers to think that the club is to close. On the contrary, this long-established club continues to thrive and to provide opportunities for all to play tennis at its current site in Coldstream.

I should also like to make it clear that the quotes in the piece were drawn from the submissions to Scottish Borders Council Planning Department in connection with the planning consultation process for the proposed Local Development Plan and were not the result of any approach to your paper by me or by the club.

SUSAN CALDER

Chairman, Lennel Tennis Club

Bring and Buy Sale 
funds for Katie-Lou

SIR, - On behalf of the Eyemouth Guides and Brownies, I would like to thank everyone who helped at and supported our Bring and Buy Sale, for the Katie Lou trust, in the parish church hall.

The event was very successful and the total raised was £683.22.

I’d like to give a special ‘thank you’ to all the girls and their friends, who turned up to help raise funds to care for their friend and classmate, Katie-Lou, and made the event a resounding success. Well done everyone!

JANETTE McCULLOCH,

Unit Guider

Storyteller gives her apologies

SIR, - As Storyteller in Residence at Gunsgreen House in Eyemouth, may I extend profuse apologies to the headteachers and staff of Eyemouth High School, Eyemouth, Reston, Ayton, Duns, Chirnside, Coldingham and Cockburnspath Primary Schools.

I did send posters, flyers and information about the Gunsgreen House Storytelling Festival to be held on Saturday, October 20 - but, and it is all my fault I’m afraid, I ommitted to include the correct postage. May I apologise for this and also thank Mrs Crowe of Ayton Primary School, the counter staff of Eyemouth Post Office and Vernon of Eyemouth Post Office Depot for their help in locating the eight missing envelopes - and to Kara ter Morsche for sending out the correct material to the schools on Thursday, October 4.

I can assure all our wonderful local children that there have been tickets - costing £2 - set aside for them and parents can get in touch with either Gunsgreen House or Pocketfulkids to book.

For those following Facebook, the Gunsgreen House blog, the 27 posters and the Scottish Storytelling Centre’s website, you will see we have eight professional storytellers/musicians, including Jim Aird from Black Diamond Radio, Calum Laykem from Edinburgh Ghost Tours and Svenja Kruger from Munich, Germany.

In fact, we have storytellers for all ages.

MARJORIE LEITHEAD,

St Andrews Drive,

Bridge of Weir

BGH unit to benefit

SIR, - May I, through your paper, say thank you to all who made a donation at the cremation of Jake Lothian.

The sum of £304.47 was raised which will be donated to the Margaret Kerr Palliative Care Unit at the BGH. Thank you from all the family.

KEVIN LOTHIAN,

Church Hill,

Greenlaw

Eyemouth’s Macmillan coffee morning support

On September 28 the Eyemouth branch of Macmillan Cancer Support held a coffee morning at which the fantastic sum of £633.21 was raised. Swan Court also raised £244.55. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped, donated and supported these events.

LIZ LOUGH

Chairperson,

Albert Road, Eyemouth

Coldstream Community Centre donation

SIR, - Thank you for making my 80th birthday party such a success.

We were treated to great entertainment organised by Rob Bell, The Drifters(alias John Elliot, Johnny Fulton and Harry Brydon), Joy Thompson and Alex Young, Duncan Bell and Keith Guthrie, the Bell family, plus Glyynnice Lauder, and Gerald Tait.

Thank you to all the ladies who prepared, served and cleared up after all the lovely food.

Through donations we raised £450 for Coldstream Community Centre. Thank you.

SYLVIA MACKAY

Leet Street

Coldstream