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.
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.
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:
Are you worried about the safety of members of your family, especially your children, who cross the A78 Main Road, with you or on their own?
Over the last 4 years or more, Fairlie Community Council (FCC) have raised concerns about the risks Fairlie folk take crossing the A78, and Transport Scotland and Transerv have finally agreed to consider whether more safe crossing(s) should be created.
To make sure we have the best arguments, so our village gets additional crossings, (these could be islands, pedestrian crossing or traffic lights), we are asking residents to fill out a simple survey on our Fairlie Community Council website. We ask you to spend a few minutes telling us about your family’s needs, by the 17th December 2017, so we can make Fairlie a safer place to live.
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.
Planning application 17/01005/PP was made to increase the size of the Pacific Oyster Farm in Fairlie Bay. While broadly supportive of sustainable shellfish culture FCC objected to this application on the following grounds: