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

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

Peel Ports ‘2017 Coal Migration Report’ findings are unacceptable for communities and environment #BluePlanet2

Fairlie Community Council is concerned by the ‘quasi-deccommisioned’ status of the Hunterston Coal Terminal and on going pollution that is impacting the Southannan SSSI. FCC reported the issue to Scottish Natural Heritage, Marine Scotland, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership. In the spirit of community involvement in the participatory planning process we invited these organisations to visit Fairlie but they have failed to engage with our coastal community. Peel Port commissioned their own ‘Coal Migration Report‘ in a knee-jerk response to our concerns.  The findings and lack of effective recommendations are unacceptable to Fairlie Community Council and we are now calling for a rigorous environmental appraisal of Southannan SSSI and surrounding marine environment.

Please read the report  and comment at bottom of page:

Hunterston Coal Migration Report Sept 2017

Hunterston Coal Migration Report Sept 2017

Letter from Peelport:




FMQ’s – Jamie Greene asks about lack of response to Hunterston letters 21/12/17

Jamie Greene MSP has just asked the First Minister in FMQs, why he has not received responses from the Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform Cabinet Secretary Roseanna Cunningham MSP on two important letters relating to the Hunterston Site.

  • One letter was for a ‘Constructive proposal for economic regeneration’ of the site & promotion of ‘Green Energy.’
  • And the other concerned the issues around Testing of Offshore Wind Turbines at Hunterston.

More than a month later he has not received a response for either.

Kenneth Gibson MSP looked on with a consternated expression as Nicola Sturgeon MSP  joked that she hoped her ministers will not be clocking off early for Christmas. As the First Minister is not aware of the details in Jamies Greene’s letters, she cannot comment until checks the position with the ministers concerned. She will ensure that replies ‘wing their way’ to Jamie Greene and on his desk in the early part of the new year.

You can watch Jamie Greene asks his question at 24:52 seconds on the clip below:



Application for Tree Preservation Order on Fairlie Glen and Ladies Walk ancient woodland 21/12/2016

An application was made to NAC Council to protect the trees in Fairlie Glen and Ladies Walk plantation. A TPO order was granted for the Ladies Walk beech tree plantation but was rejected for the trees in Fairlie Glen.

Fairlie TPO 21-12-16