The Scottish Government has helpfully listened to the problems we highlighted for islanders from Islay and Tiree in getting to the Information Session to be held in Oban on Thursday 11th October.
Marine Scotland has just let us know that it has now added an additional session to facilitate people from these islands, both central to the marine energy development in Argyll – one out in the Atlantic, the other served by a ferry port well south of Oban.
The second session – also in Oban’s Corran Halls, is on Friday 12th October, from 13.30 to 15.30 and will also be open to everyone interested.
The addition of the Friday session will make it possible for interested people frpm Islay to get to Oban for the session and get bac,k to Kennacraig for the last ferry home that night.
People from Tiree always have to stay overnight but will be able comfortably to get to Oban for the start of the session.
The events focus on the government’s ongoing marine planning work for these renewable energies – an issue of substantial current interest with planning authorities instructed to ease their scrutiny regime for onshore wind farms.development.
Further information on this work can be found here on the government website.
Programme for Thursday 11th October
- 16.00: Drop-in session
- 18.30: Presentation and discussion, with refreshments from 18.30
Programme for Friday 12th October *ADDITIONAL SESSION
- 13.30 – 15,30 Presentation and discussion, we imagine alos wiht refreshments available.
Second to the Pentland Firth, the Sound of Islay is the most important potential development area for tidal energy generation and a trial array there is in progress. The Islay Energy Trust has been proactive and resourceful in its contribution to this development.
And Tiree is at the centre of the most contentious proposed offshore wind development of all – Scottish Power Renewables’ gigantic Argyll Array, renamed the [No] Tiree Array:
- 180-300 turbines
- over 200m high
- starting only 5km offshore
- wrapping around the island from SE to NW
- occupying a sea area 3.5 times the size of the flat little sunshine isle
- whose weather systems will be altered for the worse by the microclimate these giants will create
- and which will experience night light pollution for the first time.