One of our volunteers was in attendance at the last Community Council meeting held at the Royal Oak Community Club (12th September 2012), to raise concerns regarding the Air Quality levels in Lochgelly and surrounding communities, and to seek the Community Council to take some form of action to help protect the residents of Lochgelly from the potential negative impacts of pollutant dispersal from Mossmorran interacting with the Wind Turbines at Little Raith.
Dodd Kinnell proposed that the Community Council should be leading the petition, and seeking action for permanent monitoring stations to be placed in Lochgelly, which was seconded by several Community Councillors, and passed unanimously by the entire Community Council. The Community Council also recognised the need to address local concerns but to also conduct a form of public consultation to clearly identify the local concerns regarding the Mossmorran complex.
Since the Community Council is legally recognised as official spokespersons for the local community, this is an important change to the campaign, as the Community Council has access to various channels not open to our group, and can therefore have a higher chance of achieving the aim of installing permanent monitoring stations in the local community.
The Community Council will now be working on a plan of action, while consulting with individuals and groups, to start collating existing and known data. It was stated that there will be a public statement from the Community Council as well as some form of public consultation.
Air Quality MonitoringRead the petition
In the meantime, the Community Council will be distributing the petitions locally, and have also agreed to go door to door seeking signatures, at which point people will be able to raise any concerns they have, which will be fed back to the entire Community Council, and will help towards the full public consultation.
One aspect of the local initiative that will be changed, is that Loch of Shining Waters can no longer be an official spokesperson for the campaign, and all inquiries will have to be passed through the Community Council for any official statement. We have agreed to provide any support we can to help the Community Council achieve the aim for permanent monitoring stations, which will include media support, publicity, and continue to provide feedback regarding any local concern which has been raised to us through the site.
With Lochgelly Community Council taking a proactive stance regarding Air Quality concerns due to the Mossmorran complex coupled with Little Raith wind farm, we feel this is an important step, and we are happy to provide any support that they require, and we strongly encourage the local community to continue their support of the campaign, and towards the Community Council.
We are happy to have got the ball rolling, and if we can all work together, we can help the Community Council to take the ball to the goal line. Well done to all the Lochgelly Community Councillors for stepping up to the plate, at a time when the local community needs their representation the most.