Menu
 
Home | News | Up to 20 turbines are on cards for Bentpath
 
News | 23rd January 2020
 

Up to 20 turbines are on cards for Bentpath

 
 
 

Developer proposes to construct a windfarm in Meggat Valley

A WINDFARM of up to 20 turbines is proposed for a remote valley near Bentpath.
Oakridge Energy has submitted a scoping report to the Scottish government’s Energy and Consents Unit for consent to develop Westerkirk windfarm.
The proposal is for up to 20 turbines up to 220m high and the site is about 2km from Bentpath, 4km from Eskdalemuir and 10km from Langholm.
Currently, the site is owned by two landowners, Ian Morris of Westerkirk Mains and Hamish Waugh of Effgill, and largely comprises moorland.
The development will also include infrastructure, battery storage and ancillary services infrastructure.
It will have a generating capacity of more than 50MW which is why the planning application will be determined by Scottish ministers and not Dumfries and Galloway Council.
The applicant, in its report, said the project was at the very early stage, with only limited assessments undertaken to date so the turbine dimensions and the installed capacity was uncertain at the moment.
The scoping report, which can be found on the ECU’s website, covers landscape and visual impact; hydrology, hydrogeology, geology and soils; ecology; ornithology; noise; cultural heritage; access, traffic and transport; and socioeconomics, tourism and recreation.
The area is classed as “very remote rural” by the government and is designated as an area with a population of fewer than 3,000 and a drive time of more than 60 minutes to a settlement of 10,000 or more.
There are no residential properties within the site but there are eight properties nearby.
The company predicts the main access to the site will likely use the A7, the B709 and onto the proposed windfarm.
Assessments
Further assessments will determine the exact locations for the exit of the road onto the site. Existing forestry tracks will be used on site, where possible, to minimise disruption.
It is an upland landscape which incorporates parts of Westerker Rig, Hog Hill, Effgill Hill, Mid Hill, Hoggle Rig, Megdale Hill, Grey Hill and Munshiel Hill.
There are four Scheduled Monuments on the site as well as a number of known Historic Environment Records.
These settlements, homesteads and possible farmsteads are Stennieswaterfoot homestead and enclosure; Stennieswaterfoot settlement; Effgill settlement and field system; and Glenkeil Hill settlement and field system.
Hamish Waugh, who farms at Effgill, said he would have half of the proposed turbines on his land, the other half being sited on Westerkirk Mains land.

He was introduced to the company’s representative through Mr Morris.
Hamish said: “Whether it will go ahead, I have my doubts, to be honest. I’ve seen the drawings and I’m not sure there will be as many as 20 turbines if it does proceed. I think there would probably be a couple taken off.”
He said he was not against wind energy.
He added: “When my partner, Fiona, and I got together, she lived by the Newcastle railway line and coal trains passed through on their way to power stations. Now, there are none.
“When we switch on a light or whatever it happens to be, we have to be responsible for our actions.
“I know the UK government seems to be keen on pushing nuclear power but I’m very much aware that we’re leaving a legacy for many future generations to deal with so I’m not desperately in favour of nuclear energy.
“I see wind power as a good solution. The only other alternative is to dam rivers and have hydro-electricity and I’m not sure how that would work.
“We’re very much aware of the close proximity of the Eskdalemuir seismological monitoring station and its noise budget.
“With so many other windfarms on the go at the moment, I think this one is rather doubtful.
“But I wanted to explore the possibilities as food production gets cheaper and cheaper all the time.
“When we first came here, if we sold two lambs, it was enough to pay a shepherd for a week.
“Today, we still haven’t quite got to £60 for a store lamb so you can imagine how many extra lambs it would take, even if I could afford a shepherd.
“With Brexit and trade tariffs, which will push down the price of sheep, if we carry on farming here, we have to look at an alternative or plant the whole valley with trees, which would be a disaster.
“The Scottish government is handing out money to plant trees but it’s not a fix.”

 
 
Would you like to support us?

The Eskdale and Liddesdale Advertiser is our community owned local newspaper and even in today’s troubled times, we aim to bring you local news and articles in an impartial, responsible and factual way.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this free article but we need your support so we can keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent and keeps you up to date with what is happening in Eskdale and Liddesdale.

Every reader’s contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to us.
 
 
‘Owned by the Community...Published for the Community’
Do you have a story?

Please get in touch if you have a story or article you would like to see published.

Related Articles

Time is running out to buy town’s moorland

It’s a race to the finish as deadline of October…

 

Day of reckoning

EWM chain’s future is in doubt if group’s owner saves…

 

Flood Scheme Forum

RESIDENTS living in riverside properties in Langholm have voiced their…

 

Langholm Loves Local launched

LANGHOLM is bouncing back with a new initiative to make…

 

New coronavirus rules will not help industry

Hotel owner criticises Scottish government for unclear message

 

Pandemic infects iconic retail brand

More unemployment as Day puts EWM Group in administration

 

Villagers welcome a 20mph limit trial

Newcastleton’s streets will be safer for pedestrians and drivers

 

EWM TO CLOSE 200 STORES IN NEXT FORTNIGHT

24,000 Jobs are at risk

 

Village sewage works due to open next spring

Canonbie and the River Esk will benefit from better treatment

 

Housing developer is ready to move onto site

Plan put in for initial works, including improved A7 junction

 

Rescued mill has new name and big plans

Drove Weavers in Langholm earns praise and admiration from MSP

 

Digital skills project is launched in Langholm

Older people, young people and low-income families targeted

 

Flood protection order delayed by fresh study

Environmental impact assessment will take six months to do

 

Team appointed to regenerate Copshaw

Development officer to lead transformation of Buccleuch House

 

Four more defibrillators go live

FOUR more defibrillators have been installed as part of a…

 

Centre design rethink after public response

And council calls for extra study after identifying flood risk

 

Village completes historic land buy-out

Newcastleton trust buys 750 acres of Holm Hill from Buccleuch

 

Scottish actor appeals for donations to moor

Gregor has good memories of raising his family in Langholm

 

Dyehouse cuts ten jobs as orders dry up

COVID-19 pandemic hits successful company’s customers

 

Plan launched to make south a greater place

Enterprise body to make area centre for opportunity, innovation and…

 

Volunteers needed to drive community car

New Caddy will be used to transport residents to appointments

 

Another million given to moorland buyout

South of Scotland Enterprise give huge boost to venture

 

Centre bids for funding to survive the long term

Langholm’s popular performing arts venue is vital to economy

 

Academy’s head pupils

LANGHOLM and Canonbie Schools Cluster is delighted to announce the…

 

Church reopens for worship

By the Rev Dr. Robert Pickles

 

YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!

Artists impression of how proposed flood defences may look

 

£500k boost for moor

Family foundation breathes new life into bid for nature reserve

 

Langholm’s last mill has a brighter future

Well-known designer will create jobs and establish new brand

 

Nicol’s enterprising role to regenerate town

Former Langholm man will deliver Langholm’s action plan

 

Dance scholar rewarded

A PERFORMING arts student from Langholm has won a coveted…

 

Centre announces an August reopening

Coffees and lunches are back on the menu – at…

 

Canonbie surgery

A CONFIDENTIAL online consultation service giving patients another way to…

 

Town is a high priority

Langholm does not rank the lowest in an index based…

 

MARVELLOUS!

IT WAS dark when three horsemen were greeted by a…

 

Neighbourly celebrations

MOODLAW Point and Henry Street South neighbours gathered on Jennety’s…

 

Neighbourly celebrations

THE neighbours in Academy Place and Douglas Terrace could not…

 

Partnership secures £2.1m for the south

Scottish government awards funding to 28 innovative projects

 

Jobless warning

JUNE’S unemployment figures are just the ‘tip of the iceberg’…

 

Weaving company’s future in the balance

Management buy-out team seeks to progress talks with owner

 

Defibs are going live

Life-saving equipment will come with full instructions on use

 
Surgery Tour 2020
 
requires mailchimp logins and wired up to a list
Join our mailing list
Keep up to date with all that’s going on at the E&L
This site uses cookies.
Configure
 
Read our privacy policy

This site uses cookies for marketing, personalisation, and analysis purposes. You can opt out of this at any time or view our full privacy policy for more information.