Tax credit block is welcomed
want to avoid having discussions with our community.”
Environmental lobbyists Scotland Against Spin has also come out in support of the campaign.
“It doesn’t usually get involved in supporting individual turbine objections,” said Liisa Hepworth.
“But because this one clearly does not have any support from the community most impacted they are keen to object.”
Air traffic control provider NATS has also objected to the plan as preliminary examination shows it “conflicts with our safeguarding criteria”.
Rutherglen MSP James Kelly has written to South Lanarkshire Council Chief Executive, Lindsay Freeland, on the matter.
“I understand why Healthy ‘n’Happy have made the application,” he said.
“I would prefer, however, if an alternative site could be found.
“It would be better if both parties could get round the table and discuss issues and I would be happy to facilitate that.”
Brendan Rooney, executive director of Healthy ‘n’Happy says that it is now up to the planning authority to decide whether the turbine goes ahead or not.
“We will find out in due course what the outcome is,” he said.
Mr Rooney repeated how it is vital for the charitable trust’s work that it goes ahead.
“We are supplying vital services for Cambuslang and Rutherglen – but we need money to be able to continue doing so.
“In the last two years we have lost 70 per cent of our core council funding and 50 per cent of core NHS funding.
“We need to find new ways to achieve funding and the wind turbine is one of those ways,” he added.
He also maintains that Flemington has been identified as best location for the turbine.
“As for talking about it, we have been as open as we can and have had countless discussions with those affected by it and there is a lot of support out there for our plan too.”
Rutherglen politicians have welcomed the House of Lords blocking of tax credit changes.
James Kelly MSP said the proposal would have impacted on over 6000 families in the constituency.
The Lords voted by a majority of 17 to back Labour calls for full financial redress to the millions of tax credit claimants
He said:“George Osborne’s plan to slash tax credits will hurt 6100 families in Rutherglen, Cambuslang and Blantyre, whilst the richest will see more money in their pocket.
“This is Robin Hood in reverse, taking from the poor to give to the rich.
“After five years of the Tory Government and eight years of the SNP Government, the gap between the richest and the rest in our country is still unacceptably high.”
Councillor Robert Brown said:“The Conservative government had no election mandate for cutting tax credits and I am delighted they have been stopped in their tracks by the decision of the House of Lords.”