well done on your work regards the wind farm being dumped on our door step i live in watson st cowdenbeath and i think it a disgrace that the council pass these applications without regard for the well being of the community, as for mossmorran it would be very interesting to see a survey done now compared to 30 years ago on our community on the percentage of people who die from cancer today as to then because there is very little people i know live to old age now they all die of cancer in this area.

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  1. Lochgelly

    October 7, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Thanks for your feedback and kind words. Looking at how far each area is from Little Raith, Watson Street is the closest to the turbines, I have to agree that it is a disgrace that projects are being approved with what seems to be disregard for the communities that will be affected.

    It doesn’t seem clear cut if Fife Council actively support Little Raith as they had their plans rejected a couple of times, but developers just keep resubmitting plans, likewise Fife Council did put in conditions that would get the Wind Farm removed if there was any detriment to the community but the developers paid more money to appeal these conditions via the Scottish Reporter which upheld their appeals.

    The Cowdenbeath Area Committee also have a large say in planning applications and so it seems our local councillors have failed us on the issue of the WInd Farm.

    We have tried to obtain health figures from the NHS but our requests have been rejected or partially rejected. First we asked about the numbers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome cases in the local area and we were told:

    As the numbers are so low, as to be patient identifiable, under Section 38
    (1) (b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, the information
    is not provided.

    We then asked for figures for chest complaints and asthma rates in the area, unfortunately they do not keep records per town, but the Dunfermline & West Fife area had the highest rates at 9,573. Since the figures are for a generalised area of Fife, there is no way of knowing if Lochgelly and Cowdenbeath has higher asthma rates than Dunfermline, Ballingry, etc.

    You can look at some of the figures we obtained at: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/health_figures_for_chest_complai#incoming-208852

    We will put in a request for Cancer figures but I think the request will be refused, or that the information provided will be so generalised that it will be hard to correlate and attribute to Mossmorran.

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