As promised, we said we would let you know what was discussed at the Peel Ports meeting last week. If you have any questions or comments please use our contact page. Thank you, FCC Members
If you want to get involved in working to stop oil rigs being decommissioned so close to our village write to our MSPs, MP and Environment Minsters. The more individual letters they receive, the more attention they will give the matter.
New date for the Marine Scotland pre-consultation event: 8th August 2018, Fairlie Village Hall, 2 pm to 7pm.
In April 2018 NAC granted Peelports planning permission to prepare a ‘marine yard’ and the coal jetty for dismantling oil rigs and large vessels without an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). That means they can dredge, pile drive, and re-landscape coast line without needing to protect the unique adjacent SSSI, colonies of seals and porpoises, a unique ‘lone’ dolphin, and the Clyde marine area which is highly dependent upon tourism and fisheries.
However, SEPA and Marine Scotland also need to give Peelports permission to do this. We need to make sure our voices are heard and Peelports are made to do an EIA at the very least.
Peelports are currently demolitioning equipment on the Coal Jetty, working at least 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. The beach and waters are being contaminated with silt and coal dust which our families and dogs are swimming in and playing on. How much worse will this be when oil rigs are being taken apart there?
In June we put a leaflet through your door asking you to attend Marine Scotland’s pre-consultation public event at Sea Mill Hydro regarding the construction of a huge ‘caisson gate’ which will allow oil rigs to float in and out of the marine yard. The hotel actually cancelled the event due to “concerns about public order”. At that time, 1400 people had signed the on-line petition “Protect Clyde Marine Life: STOP PeelPorts Oil-Rig Decommissioning Facility” *. Now over 2200 have signed and rising!
Jobs for local people have not been promised, and at other similar sites employees are living on ‘off shore accommodation’ and contributing very little to the local economies.
We need to make sure that Marine Scotland deny permission, or at worst require an EIA. We know that about four tonnes of radioactive waste (scale, sludge and sediments) has been found in each offshore installation decommissioned in Norway. We will also have to cope with the noise and light pollution.
FCC met with Peelports on the 12th July when Peelports told them that after 50 years at the Hunterston Parc they know the site is very profitable. The meeting notes will be published in the next few days.
Help us to help you to live in a safe and clean environment.
Sign the petition * and come along on the 8th August 2018 to make your views heard by Marine Scotland.
“Fairlie residents against decommissioning oil rigs”
FCC approved the response at our last meeting. Have a look – you can still send in comments as an individual. LDP fccresponseldp2 (1)
A very busy meeting with discussions on the proposed Decommissioning of Oil Rigs, A78 Road Safety campaign – FAIRLIE SAFE ???!!!, the dismantling of the wind turbines and NAC’s proposed Local Development Plan.FCC draft minutes 02.07.2018
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.
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.
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!!! 🙂