Getting set for soap box race
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.”