Auchleand turbine plans withdrawn

Members of Wigtown Community Council heard at their monthly meeting that Community Windpower have withdrawn an application to erected seven turbines at Auchleand Farm. The renewable energy company lodged the application with the council in 2013 for seven 130 metre turbines, a 80 metre metrological mast and a substation. Community Windpower had not replied to our request for a reason at the time of going to press. This withdrawal follow the Scottish Government’s decision to deny an appeal by Ecotricity over a seven turbine windfarm near Carsluith, directly across the bay from the County town.

Plans to commemorate to 100th anniversary of the death of Wigtown’s First World War Victoria Cross hero Louis McGuffie in 2018 are progressing, said CC member Nick Walker. The working group have chosen a site opposite the County Buildings with the idea of a three archway design. The party have contacted the council’s planning officers with a pre-application enquiry but to date have had no response. A public exhibition and consultation will start on August 22.