Fife Council have provided themselves with a budget of £10.5 million of tax payers money to pursue it’s turbine plans, despite heavy cuts and job losses coming into effect at Fife Council to meet strinbent budget cuts, have set their targets on additional locations within the Central Fife area.
Initial proposals for turbines to be erected at the
Public Moore Park (football pitch adjacent to the Public Park) and the Lochgelly High School are still being proposed, with the additional locations identified as;
- Halbeath Park & Ride
- Dora Golf Course & Farmland
- Lumphinnans Park/Playing Fields
- Foulford Primary School
- Cuddyhouse Recycling
- Lochore Country Park
- Balbarton Landfill
The proposals, kicked started by Fife Labour by former Councillor Alex Rowley is currently being progressed by the Fife Council department ‘Climate Change & Zero Waste Team’ in the hope that the turbines will generate enough subsidies from the Feed-In-Tariff scheme to help cover the costs of some of their energy usage. These subsidies will be paid through energy bills.
The turbine plans for Moore Park has been defended by a local councillor who has stated publicly, twice, that the turbine at Moore Park will be used to generate power for the Jenny Gray home, yet according to the original feasibility study (https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/180220/response/450358/attach/3/JennyGrayHouse.pdf);
Jenny Gray House itself is a residential care home and as such is not a suitable site for a wind turbine.
Our group was also criticised for showing a montage of the turbine with the trees removed despite the original wording of the feasibility study stating;
The land here is undulating however the mature trees line this boundary and will need to be removed if this project is to proceed.
This statement was repeated for the turbine to be located at the Lochgelly High School (https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/180219/response/446183/attach/3/FIFE%20COUNCIL%20MASTER%20FS%20LOCHGELLY%20HS.pdf).
Fife Council has published these documents on their site, however, not before re-wording some of the documents, with the new wording stating;
LHS: There is mature vegetation/planting and trees that border the playing fields and these will need to be trimmed/thinned if the project is to proceed to construction.
Moore Park: The land here is undulating however the mature trees that line this boundary may need to be trimmed/thinned if the project goes forward to construction.
Further criticism has came to light regarding the proposals via a document titled ‘Briefing Note-FC turbines (final version)‘ which highlights the many legitimate arguments against the current proposals. Please note we are unaware of who the original author is.
Fife Council will be holding a series of public events to raise awareness of their plans to local communities (details below), and currently arranging to make presentations to Community Councils throughout Fife that will be negatively impacted by their proposals.
Monday 17th March between 3:30 and 6:30pm