Marine Planning information session by Clyde Marine Planning Partnership – Fairlie Village Hall on 5th March 7.30pm

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.

No need for an Environmental Impact Assessment for construction on SSSI and critical habitat says Marine Scotland

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.

MS Screening Opinion

Clyde Marine Region Assessment 2017

Attached is the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership’s 2017 assessment of the Clyde Region.

The 2017 Assessment is presented as an up-to-date and comprehensive review of environmental, social and economic trends and issues at the Clyde Marine Region level. It provides a baseline from which to measure progress and identifies issues which need to be addressed in the region and which may be suitable for policy within the Regional Marine Plan.

The proposed developments at Hunterston are mentioned in various sections but little detail about the potential impacts or issues directly relating to our coastal environment. In terms of the marine spatial plan, it seems that Southannan SSSI is a loser in the marine spatial plan and is zoned for industrial development.

The chairperson and team from Clyde Marine Planning Partnership will be making a presentation to the Fairlie community on the 5th February 2018. The public meeting will take place in Village Hall and opportunity to provide feedback on marine and coastal issues around Fairlie.




If you would like your say about our marine environment please attend this event on the 27th January in Ardrossan

You are invited to a free public event hosted by the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership (CMPP), who are responsible for developing the Clyde Regional Marine Plan, which is due in 2020 .

The CMPP have stated that from these workshops:

  • That public input will be captured by the team and will be used to finalise the Layman’s guide to the Clyde Marine Region Assessment before publishing it.
  • Public comments relating to marine policy will also be captured and brought into the marine plan development process for consideration by the CMPP.

We very much hope that you can attend. Although the events are free, the CMPP ask that you book in advance; Online registration details, or by phone, further information regarding the events are provided below.


Event Details and Attached Flier from the CMPP

The seas of the Clyde Marine Region are varied and complex, and are used for a huge range of activities from industry to recreation. They are also home to a rich diversity of species and habitats, which have undergone many changes over time.

We would like to invite you to a “Workshop on the condition of seabed habitats, fish and shellfish in the Clyde”

Sat 27th January, 12:30 hrs to 15.00 hrs, Lauriston Hotel, Ardrossan, Ayrshire.

Free online registration is now open at:

Or call the CMPP to register via phone: 0131 314 6782

A presentation will be given on the findings of the ‘Clyde Marine Region Assessment’, which describes the current condition of the Clyde, changes over time, and the sensitivities and pressures faced by its diverse marine life.

The focus will be on:

  • Seabed habitats, including seagrass 
  • Shellfish
  • Marine policy: with an open discussion on future marine planning policy 

Two short video animations will also be shown to illustrate the process of the ‘Assessment’, and the ‘condition of seabed habitats, fish and shellfish in the Clyde’. A guide has also been drafted for the public to describe the topics above, and will be shown at the workshop.

The discussions are meant to be led by a team from Inmara Ltd (, with input from members of the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership.

Clyde workshops invitation

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