Report from the West Highland Free Press
“Plans for a single community wind turbine in Coigach have so far attracted 169 public comments, the vast majority of which are in favour of the scheme.
Coigach Wind Power submitted the planning application to Highland Council following a lengthy consultation process which included a community ballot showing 68 per cent of local residents were in favour of the scheme. If given the go-ahead, revenue from the single 900kW turbine — which would stand 77 metres from base to blade tip — will be used to secure the future of the community through schemes identified by residents as a priority. These include pier restoration, social housing and workshop provision.
The area is considered fragile, having lost major employers the Hydroponicum and Summer Isles Foods in recent years, and one of two shops in the area, Polbain Stores, recently closed. In addition, the roll at Achiltibuie Primary School has fallen to just 13, with a lack of affordable housing being blamed for forcing young people and families out of the area.”
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