Public information event organized by Cameron Community Council
St Andrews Town Hall, 7.15pm 1st March 2012 Love them or loathe them, wind turbines are coming to Fife. From
industrial-scale wind farms to back-garden turbines, Fife is facing a torrent
Fife Council’s Planning Department is currently looking at hundreds of
proposals (1). Storms over wind rage in the local press, and are splitting
Now Cameron Community Council has boldly invited leading experts to St Andrews
to debate the pros and cons of wind energy.
“Wind power is a relatively new phenomenon in Fife and many local communities
are struggling to understand what it means for them. People are frightened and
concerned by the prospect of these turbines”, Cameron Community Council
Chairman Gordon Ball said.
“As the wind applications have proliferated, so have our questions. As a
Community Council, it’s part of our job to make sure our communities have
accurate information about the wind farms and turbines we are being asked to
Mr Ball explained that the he had invited John Mayhew, the Director of the
Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland, who addressed a packed
audience at Cameron Community Council last summer. Mr Mayhew explained the
background to the Government’s plan to make Scotland the “Saudi Arabia of
“His talk was impressively balanced and informative,” Mr Ball added. “There was
no end to the questions from the audience and many people were disappointed to
have missed him.”
Mr Ball has now invited experts to St Andrews with huge experience of the
impact of wind development across Scotland. “We’re encouraging anyone curious
about wind to come to the Town Hall,” said Mr Ball.
There will be a question and answer forum and the meeting is
free and open to all.
Joining Mr Mayhew will be Derek Birkett, the former
Grid Control Engineer of Northern Scotland and author of When will the
lights go out;Scottish MEP Struan Stevenson, who chairs the
European Parliament’s Climate Change, Biodiversity & Sustainable
Development Intergroup; Dave Bruce, who has wide ranging knowledge on all
aspects of wind farm development; and Graham Lang, a local expert on the
planning process for wind turbines and co-founder of EFTAG, an internet site
which maps all past and present turbine proposals in East Fife.