Developers are sought as wind plans submitted

An official planning application has now been submitted to Dumfries and Galloway Council forEcotricity’s highly controversial California Wind Park above Creetown.

And now Skylark, the joint venture project between Ecotricity and construction and development firm Skanska, is calling for interest from local development companies.

Skylark says the available contracts for the preparation phase of the project could total more than £3 million, should planning permission be granted.

The proposal for seven windmills on Stroans Hill has caused fury among locals on both sides of Wigtown Bay with objections having already been submitted from hundreds of people despite the four-week consultation period having only recently opened.

Campaigners have set up a Save Wigtown Bay group to oppose the plans, claiming the turbines would ruin the picturesque skyline visible from the national book town.

Ecotricity says the seven turbines would be enough to power the equivalent of 10,639 homes every year.

Skylark General Manager, Peter Sharpe, said: “While we await that planning decision, we will move forward with identifying local companies that may wish to register their interest in tending for contracts that will need to be filled, should the project gain approval.

“These include contracts for a range of services from earthworks, electrical installations and reinforced concrete as well as materials supply and plant hire.”

Ecotricity says it would also allocate £105,000 every year to local projects through the Community Benefit Scheme once the wind park was operational.

You can view the application and submit comments on the Dumfries and Galloway Council website using the reference 15/P/2/0053 until 10 April.