Protect Clyde Marine Life: STOP PeelPorts Oil-Rig Decommissioning Facility

Do you really want this for our village?

If decommissioning oil rigs and large vessels would guarantee real jobs for local people to then boost our local economy, and protect our unique marine coastline – then maybe… BUT IT ISN’T!

NAC have approved the first stages of construction without requiring an Environmental Impact Assessment, (EIA).  This means Peel Ports can pile drive, dredge and deposit materials without statutory controls specific to this beautiful location, as well as not consider the unique marine and coastal environment.  This is like building a car factory and not assessing the environmental impact until making the first car.  Building the site , as well as the planned decommissioning operation will cause real damage.

Following recent publicity in the Largs and Millport Weekly News,Peel Port had to cancel their pre-consultation meeting on the 14th June at Seamill Hydro, because the hotel were concerned about ‘public order’.  1900 people have now signed the petition against this.

FCC have been since been invited to a closed meeting with Peel Ports, which we will tell you about in another post, and we will also invite them to our village for a public meeting!

Cesscon who intend to operate the decommissioning have already started to promote Hunterston PARC. Look at the video and make up your mind.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFMb9jmwgwU&feature=youtu.be

Have you heard the noise coming off the proposed ‘Asset Preparation’ jetty this week, with only one of their machines operating?  This is just making the jetty ready for future works.   If the plans go ahead, operations will take place 24/7, meaning that residents will have to cope with the noise and air pollutants.   The local dolphins, porpoises, whales, seals, and birds, are equally at risk.

The petition link is at the top and below on this page.  Please, sign and share if you want to help stop this development from happening.

Equally, use our contact page if you have views for us to take to the Peel Ports meeting.

Thank you.

https://www.change.org/p/save-clyde-dolphins-porpoises-seals-stop-the-peelports-oil-rig-decommissioning-facility

A78 – New pedestrian crossings survey

A78: Safe crossings and slower traffic

Following the survey we did early this year, we are meeting with a member of the NAC Participation and Empowerment Team to discuss what support is available for a public campaign to influence Transport Scotland.  Transerv are also visiting Fairlie in May to walk the A78 and review the four potential safe crossing sites.  (Near the church/garage, the railway station, top of Jetty road and the 30-mph island.)

The 30-mph zone will be moving south to the road bridge by the end of the year!!

If you are interested in getting involved in our campaign for a safer A78 through Fairlie, drop us a message!!! 🙂

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.