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:


SSE Turbine Maintenance 13/12/17

NOWTTF Hunterston-planned maintenance

To make you aware, SSE has contacted me to advise that they will be
conducting planned maintenance on the turbines, either Thursday or Friday.The details of the work are provided in the email below. The operator is able to carry out this maintenance within the scope of their consent. This maintenance would not result in a breach of planning control. I would be grateful if you could share this with other interested parties.

If you need to discuss, please give me a call.
Many thanks

Ross Middleton
Senior Development Management Officer
Planning Services
North Ayrshire Council
Cunninghame House
DD: 01294 324379

Ross, for your information and in case you get any contact from the local
residents we are planning to carry out scheduled maintenance at Hunterston tomorrow or possibly Friday, this will involve letting the blades spin without generating (idling) for around 2 hours as described in our letter and is to protect the structural integrity of the machines over winter.

I have included a summary of the maintenance schedule below.

Date: 14th of December ,Thursday
Maintenance time period allowance: 12:00 -16:00
Maintenance length around 2 hours of the above range
1) Warming up for pitch system by rotating
Blade- about 1 hours
2) Maintenance verification by rotating
Blade- about 30 minutes to 1 hours

Alternative date: 15th of December, Friday (Due to potentially high wind

If you have any queries regarding this please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Jamie Watt
Consents Manager
Generation Development
T: +44 (0)7540 318 955
External: 01738 457315 Internal: 67315
Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road, Perth, PH1 3AQ

SSE NOWTFF Wind Turbine Objection

Dear sir,
re the article “ Fears are unfounded ” Largs and Millport , 21st June,.at no time during the NAC Planning Committee Meeting on the 14th June did Dr Joy Tomlinson say what you quote. What she actually said in response to a Planning Committee member`s pertinent question about the effectiveness of using an epidemiological study was this “it is a rough and ready tool, it depends on how people describe things when they come in to see their doctor and different GP practices also code things differently . Picking up small changes, especially if it is just for a few months of activity (as in the case of the wind turbines at Hunterston) would be difficult.” If she did, as you claim, e mail it post meeting to the press then it is unfortunate that both A-Anhs representatives are sticking to the same incorrect statement that there is no good published evidence that wind turbines and associated infrasound adversely affect humans.

Ayrshire and Arran NHS surely must have known that continuing to use this inappropriate type of study was a waste of time. For Ms Henderson A-A nhs to refer to this study as though valid, and to use it to shore up her inaccurate and outdated statements is misleading and a disservice to the community. She refers to the Advisory Group on non ionising Radiation`s AGNIR`s report (2010) on infrasound which is all about ultrasound with five lines devoted to infrasound.

AGNIR state Infrasound is not a priority research project due to financial constraints. It does not say there is no harm to health from infrasound.

Ms Henderson`s 6 minute waffle about cancer clusters and infectious diseases, neither of which relate to the detrimental health effects suffered by those exposed to the infrasound and very low frequencies produced by the Mitsubishi Sea Angel test wind turbine, is a poor substitute for her expected written submission to NAC. This had been promised to Fairlie Community Council well before the Planning Committee meeting on the 14th June. Where is it?

In the middle of all her long and rather irrelevant statement there is an honest nugget…she says “ there is a direct causation between infrasound and damage to health “. Pity it was lost amongst all the other unfinished sentences, dropped in phrases attempting to give credence to a very poor report. There is a cohort of people seriously and adversely affected by the inappropriate location of the offshore wind turbines at Hunterston. A normal wind turbine has a setback distance of 2km and it only produces a third of the power of the Mitsubishi. The Mitsubishi is 2.5Km from Fairlie and Millport . The two huge wind turbines are causing detrimental neurological and physiological effects as soon as they start to turn.. SSE lease the site from Peelports. SSE run the site and own the Siemen`s turbine which has completed its testing . SSE sublet to Mitsubishi. Since autumn of last year Fairlie Community Council and local individuals have brought the health issue to the attention of NAC, SSE, A-Anhs and HPS.. Despite the fact North Ayrshire Council , Scottish and Southern Energy, Ayrshire and Arran NHS and Health Protection Scotland`s Dr Colin Ramsay know there is a serious health problem they remain in denial and pass the buck. Last week, the CEO and legal Department of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries was directly informed that its Sea Angel wind Turbine is causing ill health. We await his response. It is bad enough that all these bodies are letting our communities down . The Scottish Government needs to step in, insist the Precautionary Principle is applied , acknowledge the need for safe setback distances for offshore turbines on land and make sure until regulations governing infrasound and the extremely damaging frequencies below 10

Hertz.( because there are no regulations for these yet) are put in place testing at Hunterston is stopped.

Rita Holmes (Chairwoman Fairlie Community Council)

Wind Turbine Liaison Group Meeting 08/11/2016

SSE Hunterston Wind turbine Test Facility

Liaison Group Meeting: 08/11/2016 Summary

Attended by Rita Holmes and Karla Tully on behalf of FCC. Millport and Largs CC’s also attended.

SSE stated that the Hunterston site presents a unique location in UK which enables off shore wind turbines to be safely tested on shore due to weather conditions and accessibility.

Site has 3 ‘berths’: 2 utilised; third held by Scottish Enterprise but unlikely to be occupied in this planning period.

SSE Site:

Siemens Turbine (D6)

  • Current planning permission until October 2017, SSE asking for 2 year extension.
  • Porto-type built on site 2014, coming to end of testing with a 6 mega watt output.
  • Successfully secured orders for 300 to 350 in UK waters at Moray Firth and Galloper (East Anglia). Meets International Electrical Technical (IET) standards.
  • Gear-less motor to extend life and minimise maintenance requirements.
  • SSE want to extend site to enable Siemens to train engineers safely.
  • Recognise that Training Centre should benefit local community with small number of jobs, education opportunities and facilities.

Mitsubishi Turbine

  • SeaAngel™ turbine – featuring unique hydraulic technology developed in Scotland – 7MW output.
  • Only operating intermittently. In early test phase


  • Local Glasgow firm developing ‘met’ mast measuring systems using lasers transmitted upwards.
  • Proposal to use site to test laser technology.
  • No impact on safety known.
  • Details to follow.

S42 Planning Application

  • December 2016: Application to extend current permission to October 2019.
  • If successful, will then apply for major planning application to be defined.
  • Local CC’s asked that use of each ‘berth’ always consulted upon in application.

SSE Presentation : Issues raised by members of the public at FCC on 5th December 2016.

  1. Scottish Government (SNP) Policy does not advocate windturbines as principle renewable energy source?

PA responded that funding is received from Scottish Government.

  1. SSE Social finding allocates £50K across three local communities; MOP suggested that app £800K per KW potentially, (£millions generated even though not fully commissioned?), and asked for a more representative contribution of permission granted. PA to look in to.
  2. Light pollution increased. PA stated turbines site does not produce light. Likely to be Hunterston Power Station and Peelport.
  3. Concerns that planning permission should still allow for review of change of use of any part of the site whilst operational , and that a generic or blanket permission is not granted.
  4. On request from TM (NAC), SSE committed to submit planning application after Christmas to allow all interested parties reasonable time to respond.
  5. MOP believes that permission only granted previously as NAC Chair was pro wind power and that locals were always concerned that the 5 years would always be manipulated. PA assured those present that the site was for testing and training only and application was not for a generation site.
  6. Environmental impact and health impacts of infra sound a real concern especially as these are the biggest turbines on land world wide; residents complaining of dizziness. SSE have commissioned a recent independent acoustic survey; results January 2017.
  7. Have SSE considered impact on marine life? Ask for an environmental impact assessment that looks at

whole area – land and sea.

  1. When will full noise survey be made as turbines are not at full capacity? Concerns that SSE are not really taking locals’ concerns seriously.

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