Healthy ‘n’ Happy’s consultations
Healthy‘n’Happy community development trust had denied claims from MP Margaret Ferrier that they haven’t carried out a full public consultation.
The group, which wants to erect a wind turbine on land near Flemington Farm, say:
The landowner visited and spoke to local residents about the proposal in early February 2015, leaving contact details for both Healthy‘n’Happy and Green Cat Renewables. Nobody at this stage raised concerns with the landowner or chose to contact Jane or Robert for further detail.
A letter informing people about the community exhibition was delivered on February 20.
A community exhibition was held on February 25, 26 and 27 in Halfway Library.
A 45 minute conversation with Healthy ‘n’Happy and a local resident by phone responding to a range of questions took place on March 13.
CD Roms and hard copies from the exhibition were delivered on Friday, March 20.
Healthy‘n’Happy wrote to Halfway Community Council inviting them to meet with the Healthy‘n’Happy board to discuss the proposal in March 15. This offer has not been taken up.
A visual impact visit offer and updated plan was delivered on Tuesday, March 31.
Landscape and Visual Impact visits were carried out on Wednesday 8th April
Ongoing meetings with the landowner throughout this time
Numerous and ongoing email communication has taken place throughout this time between Healthy‘n’ Happy and one specific campaigner and her husband.
Ongoing updates have been published within The Reformer. The Reformer carried out a Voice of the People vox pop exercise on April 29, and all four of those spoken to were in favour.
Healthy‘n’Happy carried out a range of on-street, telephone calls and meetings with local people from throughout the area, including street work in Halfway and spoke to 484 people during May 2015.