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:


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

MSP Meets Fairlie Residents Rallying For Fair Planning Laws – 07/12/17


A group of North Ayrshire residents were met outside Parliament by Green MSP Ross Greer on Wednesday. The residents, from Fairlie Community Council, were in Edinburgh as part of a rally organised by the Planning Democracy campaign group, in support of the Equal Right of Appeal principle.

Equal Right of Appeal means an end to the current planning rules that allows developers the right to appeal should their planning application be rejected, but doesn’t allow the local community a right to appeal against planning permission being granted. 

Ross Greer, Green MSP for the West of Scotland, commented:

“I’d like to thank everyone who came to speak to MSPs, and it was great to see those who had made the trip from Fairlie. I fully support Planning Democracy’s campaign and hope they’ll have the support of Parliament. The current planning system is unbalanced and undemocratic- the developer’s exclusive right of appeal gives them an unfair advantage over communities like in Fairlie. This causes frustration to people all around the West of Scotland.”

For more information, contact Chris Cotton, Regional Coordinator for Ross Greer MSP; 07950715293;

Update from ‘Western Link’ Hunterston Converter Station 08/12/17

Dear CLG member,

We are pleased to report that commissioning works on the Western Link have now reached a point where power has started to flow through the Link. The cables will transfer up to 900 MW of power across several hundred kilometres to link the transmission network in Scotland with the one in England and Wales. To enable the Link to operate at its full capacity of 2200 MW, further work is required at Hunterston and there may be times when the power flow will need to be taken out of the system. All activities are expected to be completed during 2018.

We’ve posted this information on our website and you can find it here:

Kind regards

Niall Armstrong

Project Manager, Hunterston Converter Station

Calling all Fairlie Parents

Dear Fairlie Parent,

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.

You can access our survey at

Thanking you in advance

Fairlie Community Council

A78 Trunk Road Issues

The A78 is a the main ‘arterial’ road that runs along the length and through the heart of Fairlie village. The Community Council is actively engaged  in promoting road safety on the A78 and other issues:

  • Traffic speed
  • Pedestrian access
  • Traffic lights
  • Road width
  • Traffic islands
  • Parking
  • Road surface & potholes
  • Flooding
  • Lighting
  • Signage
  • Overhanging trees