Local groups to discuss wind energy policies

WITH energy bills expected to rise by 9% this autumn pushing even more people into fuel poverty there is growing concern over both the Scottish and UK governments’ energy policies.

Scotland’s goal of achieving 100% self sufficiency in renewables may be laudable but is its current heavy reliance on just one form of renewable energy to meet this target the solution?

‘Is Wind the Answer?’ is the title of an open meeting on Thursday, September 13, at 7.30pm in Jedburgh Town Hall, organised by the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland (APRS), together with three local protection groups.

The organisers aim to raise awareness of the reasons behind the current proliferation of wind turbine applications across the Borders; to stimulate discussion of public concerns, including potential damage to local landscapes, livelihoods and quality of life; and to suggest effective strategies for dealing with the planning system.

The speakers Mark Rowley, chairman of the Cranshaws, Ellemford and Longformacus Community Council, which opposed the Fallago Rig wind farm in the Lammermuir Hills; John Mayhew, the director of APRS, a charity that promotes the care of all of Scotland’s rural landscapes; and Mike Haseler, chairman of the Scottish Climate and Energy Forum, which helps government, communities and the people of Scotland to make the best decisions on climate and energy for the benefit of everyone.

After the presentations there will be a panel question and answer session chaired by Graham Lang, a trustee of the APRS.

Admission free but donations to the organising groups welcome.