Tax credit block is wel­comed

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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.”

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