Monday, October 31, 2011

Tiree Array: From last week's Oban Times

Public urged to take part in Tiree consultation

Members of the public are being encouraged to make their voices heard as part of the Tiree Onshore Scenario Mapping study,which is considering the potential onshore implications of the proposed offshore wind farm off Tiree.

The community consultation process has already seen two drop-in events on the island.

The project steering group is now keen to hear from anyone who was not able to attend the second of those,where an interim assessment of the potential scenarios was presented,but who would nevertheless like their views taken into account.

Councillor Neil Mackay,Argyll and Bute's spokesperson for enterprise,energy,culture and tourism said:"It is very important that people understand that they can still have their say on these interim assessment findings,whether or not they were at the last drop in session.

"The exhibition boards presented at that event,along with the response forms,are available online and I would encourage people to have a look at them and submit any comments they may have."

The documents can be found atwww.argyll-bute.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/tiree-shore-scenario-mapping orwww.tireetrust.org.uk/.  All written responses should be submitted by Friday,November 4 2011.

The study is being managed by a steering group chaired by Argyll and Bute Council,which also includes the Scottish Government,Highlands and Islands Enterprise,Tiree Community Development Trust,The Crown Estate,Scottish Power Renewables,  Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited,Scottish Natural Heritage and the NHS.

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