Environmental Review for Peelports impacts on Southannan SSSI

Attached is the Peelports consultants ‘EnviroCentre Ltd’ review of presumed environmental impacts from the Hunterston Construction Yard developments. The dredging  has the potential to wipe out the middle part of the SSSI and cannot believe that may be thinking about dumping around 3-400,000 tonnes of dredged material onto a protected SSSI site.  I find it incredulous that regulatory and statutory environmental bodies have read this report then given advice that no Environmental Impact Assessment is necessary! (Please note that this is not an independent review and was financed by Peelports)

Enviro Centre Ltd  Environmental report on Peelports development impacts to the Southannan SSSI and surrounding communities.

enviro report

Comment on Peelports Pre-Consultation for Jetty Construction by 8th March 2018

Peelports held a statutory Marine Scotland Pre-Consultation event at Seamill Hydro on the 22nd February 2018. The public notice indicates that the  developments at the Hunterston Platform Yard and this Consultation concerned construction of a jetty and ‘alterations’ to the abutments.

  • Representatives from Peelports, Arch Henderson LLP and EnviroCentre Ltd were present but were difficult to identify and was left to the public to try and ascertain who was responsible for different aspect of the proposed development. It was impossible to engage in coherent communication and ascertain any facts  as continually directed to different representatives. 
  • People from Isle of Bute and the Cumbraes have expressed concern that due to travel and ferry constraints that it was impracticable for them to attend the event. 
  • Before the event we emailed Arch Henderson LLP for further information and to express some concerns as instructed in the Public Notice. We were told that these concerns would be addressed at the Pre-Consultation event. This did not happen. 
  • The only information on display consisted of the HUNTERSTON PARC flyer for Jetty Expansion (below) and a plan of the Construction Yard. There is limited information contained in this flyer. The only ‘useful’ information is a photograph of the proposed Pier/Dock development location. There was no information on the dock construction or construction of the abutments or caisson gates. 
  • There was no information of the environmental sensitivities or impacts from this development to the Southannan SSSI.
  • There was no information on how the wider proposal of oil rig decommissioning will effect the Clyde sea area.
  • There was no information or social economic appraisal and how this development will effect the tourist offering of the North Coast. 
  • The only environmental data that was present was an ‘illegal copy’ of Clyde Porpoise CIC sightings. A poster was  presented to mislead the public and give impression that EnviroCentre Ltd Consultants were working with the marine mammal project. The director of Clyde Porpoise CIC confiscated the poster (below).
non-consented use of marine mammal sightings data by Enviro Centre Ltd during Peelports statutory Marine Scotland pre-consultation.

Fairlie Community Council are meeting to discuss the pre-consultation event on Monday 5th March 2018. Please note that comments about the proposal and general comments about the event must be submitted by the 8th March 2018 to Arch Henderson LLP and/or Marine Scotland.

Contact Details:

Lara Ferreiro at Arch Henderson LLP
Peter Miller at Marine Scotland Licensing
Kathy Dale at Enviro Centre Ltd

Would you like to be a Fairlie Community Councillor?

A vacancy for this voluntary role has just come up.  It is a great opportunity to support our community whilst learning about local community and planning issues.

Why not come along to a FCC meeting, see what we do , and have a chat with us afterwards.

Or, use the contact form to arrange an informal chat with Rita Holmes, Chairperson or Karla Tully, Secretary.

Marine Planning information session by Clyde Marine Planning Partnership – Fairlie Village Hall on 5th March 7.30pm

Monday 5th March 2018
6.30 – Community Council Meeting
7.30pm – CMPP Presentation and Questions

The Community Council have requested that the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership (CMPP) come to Fairlie to present information on  and to answer questions relating to marine planning issues around our coastline. We expect this presentation to include information about Hunterston that is included in their Clyde Marine Region Assessment  and the NAC Local Development Plan.

The Community Council meeting will start at 6.30pm to accommodate the CMPP presentation at 7.30pm in the Fairlie Village Hall. It is important that as many people as possible attend this event to make their opinions known to both the Community Council and CMPP.

The Community Council are generally concerned by the lack of information and community engagement that surrounds the current Hunterston Oil Rig decommissioning proposals and hope information supplied by CMPP will address some of these issues.

No need for an Environmental Impact Assessment for construction on SSSI and critical habitat says Marine Scotland

Marine Scotland have given their opinion that an Environmental Impact Assessment is not necessary for constructing a massive oil-rig jetty and one of Europe’s largest caisson ‘dry dock’ gate structures at the Hunterston yard. These developments will require a considerable amount of dredging and impact pile driving and may have significant impact on local marine animals and the integrity of Southannan Site of Special Scientific Interest. Developers and planners seem to be relying on ‘scoping reports’ to capture Ministers opinion and left by the statutory and regulatory authorities to develop their own in-house environmental policy. There has been no consideration to wider group and public interests in developing the environmental statements put forward for Hunterston decommissioning yard. This seems  contrary to National Planning policy and guidance.

MS Screening Opinion

Clyde Marine Region Assessment 2017

Attached is the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership’s 2017 assessment of the Clyde Region.

The 2017 Assessment is presented as an up-to-date and comprehensive review of environmental, social and economic trends and issues at the Clyde Marine Region level. It provides a baseline from which to measure progress and identifies issues which need to be addressed in the region and which may be suitable for policy within the Regional Marine Plan.

The proposed developments at Hunterston are mentioned in various sections but little detail about the potential impacts or issues directly relating to our coastal environment. In terms of the marine spatial plan, it seems that Southannan SSSI is a loser in the marine spatial plan and is zoned for industrial development.

The chairperson and team from Clyde Marine Planning Partnership will be making a presentation to the Fairlie community on the 5th February 2018. The public meeting will take place in Village Hall and opportunity to provide feedback on marine and coastal issues around Fairlie.




If you would like your say about our marine environment please attend this event on the 27th January in Ardrossan

You are invited to a free public event hosted by the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership (CMPP), who are responsible for developing the Clyde Regional Marine Plan, which is due in 2020 .

The CMPP have stated that from these workshops:

  • That public input will be captured by the team and will be used to finalise the Layman’s guide to the Clyde Marine Region Assessment before publishing it.
  • Public comments relating to marine policy will also be captured and brought into the marine plan development process for consideration by the CMPP.

We very much hope that you can attend. Although the events are free, the CMPP ask that you book in advance; Online registration details, or by phone, further information regarding the events are provided below.


Event Details and Attached Flier from the CMPP

The seas of the Clyde Marine Region are varied and complex, and are used for a huge range of activities from industry to recreation. They are also home to a rich diversity of species and habitats, which have undergone many changes over time.

We would like to invite you to a “Workshop on the condition of seabed habitats, fish and shellfish in the Clyde”

Sat 27th January, 12:30 hrs to 15.00 hrs, Lauriston Hotel, Ardrossan, Ayrshire.

Free online registration is now open at:


Or call the CMPP to register via phone: 0131 314 6782

A presentation will be given on the findings of the ‘Clyde Marine Region Assessment’, which describes the current condition of the Clyde, changes over time, and the sensitivities and pressures faced by its diverse marine life.

The focus will be on:

  • Seabed habitats, including seagrass 
  • Shellfish
  • Marine policy: with an open discussion on future marine planning policy 

Two short video animations will also be shown to illustrate the process of the ‘Assessment’, and the ‘condition of seabed habitats, fish and shellfish in the Clyde’. A guide has also been drafted for the public to describe the topics above, and will be shown at the workshop.

The discussions are meant to be led by a team from Inmara Ltd (http://inmara.co), with input from members of the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership.

Clyde workshops invitation