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GASPS Meeting 25th June 2012

The first public meeting of GASPS was held in the Methven Community Centre – the same location that Ecotricity chose for their drop-in session that brought their plans into public view. Attendance for the GASPS meeting was better than I thought it would be and brought a wide range of people together from the surrounding communities. The chairman of GASPS, Brian Simpson, gave a good overview of the project and the uphill struggle ahead in trying to prevent the development going...

Who Works For You?

Do you know who your local MP is? What about the MSPs that represent you at Holyrood? If you did know who they were, do you know how to contact them? For anyone interested in the above questions I would suggest a visit to They Work For You which can supply all this information based on your postcode....

Unintended Consequences

Asbestos was first mined around 4,000 years ago but it wasn’t until the late 19th century that it caught the attention of builders and manafacturers who prized its resistance to fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage. The fact it was also affordable was a bonus. It was used widely in such applications as electrical insulation for hotplate wiring and in building insulation where the fibers were often mixed with cement (resulting in fiber cement) or woven into fabric...

GASPS

Following on from the Ecotricity drop-in day, the resistance has started and is coming out of the shadows on June 25th. We’ll be attending and hopefully you will as well. It’s interesting to note that there was a previous application for a single 67m high turbine at Trinity Gask in November 2011. The documents listed on the planning website make fascinating reading and echo the sentiments that have been expressed about the Newmiln proposal. The rejection of the...

When is a Wind Farm not a Wind Farm?

According to Ecotricity when it’s a Wind Park. Yes, this company have started trying to build a 4 turbine “Wind Park” 350m away from our house. This is news that hasn’t met with much local support and has brought the usual debate about green energy to the fore again. The literature that Ecotricity sent contained all the usual claims about wind turbines and their green credentials. Of course these credentials are contested by many people. I’ve yet...