Get­ting set for soap box race

The Galloway News - - VOICE OF THE PEOPLE -

A gi­ant wind­farm ear­marked for the Glenkens could pose a pos­si­ble risk to low flying jets, coun­cil plan­ners have been told.

The Min­istry of De­fence has in­di­cated it could ob­ject to Torrs Hill Wind Farm Ltd’s scheme if it goes to public con­sul­ta­tion.

Torrs, a sub­sidiary of Lon­don­based Fred Olsen Ltd, pro­poses 12 tur­bines be­side the Rhinns of Kells moun­tain range.

Some would be 250 me­tres high if built – al­most 100 me­tres taller than Black­pool Tower.

The coun­cil re­ceived a scop­ing report from Torrs in April and sought opin­ion from key or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Those in­cluded the RSPB, His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scotland, Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Her­itage and the MoD.

“A tur­bine de­vel­op­ment of the height and at the lo­ca­tion you pro­pose may have an im­pact on low flying op­er­a­tions,” the MoD re­sponse said.

“Re­gard­less of whether we ob­ject to your pro­posal it is prob­a­ble the MoD will re­quest the tur­bines be fit­ted with MoD ac­cred­ited vis­i­ble or infrared avi­a­tion safety lighting.”

The en­ergy firm al­ready has permission for two 100- me­tre tur­bines on Olsen’s For­rest Es­tate site near Dalry.

The com­pany is also in­ves­ti­gat­ing the po­ten­tial for co-lo­cat­ing so­lar ar­rays and en­ergy stor­age on the site.

Lo­cal agents Nat­u­ral Power have al­ready in­di­cated the tur­bine lay­out is likely to change as en­vi­ron­men­tal The or­gan­is­ers of the first Cas­tle Dou­glas Soap Box Derby are hop­ing for a large crowd next month.

A num­ber of dif­fer­ent Ste­wartry groups have been busy pre­par­ing home made rac­ers for the com­pe­ti­tion, which will take place on Sun­day, July 7.

And it’s hoped peo­ple will be out in force on both sides of King Street to cheer them on.

One of the or­gan­is­ers, Matt Mck­er­lie, said: “Word has got around lo­cally in Cas­tle Dou­glas, Dal­beat­tie and Kirkcud­bright but I’m not sure if its got as far as the likes of Gretna and Dum­fries.

“We’re just hop­ing there’s good weather, although we can’t con­trol that. We have 27 en­tries con­firmed and paid for as we’ve had a few can­cel­la­tions.

“We had al­lowed for 50 en­tries so we’re look­ing at maybe let­ting peo­ple do two runs, if they want to and if they’ve sur­vived! We want it to go on for at least an hour.

“We need a lot of peo­ple to come out on the day to help. A lot of peo­ple have said they will, it’s whether it comes to fruition.

“There’s a lot to do. We have the road closed from five in the morn­ing to set things up.”

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