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Hobkirk out in force to voice wind farm concerns

A public meeting organised by Hobkirk Community Council has voted ananimously against a nearby wind farm application.

Around 40 people turned out for the meeting in the village’s Laidlaw Hall last week to voice their concerns over plans for the 15-turbine evelopment at Birneyknowe and officially record their thoughts.

Although it is estimated only 15 or so villagers were among the crowd, the community council’s opposition will be noted when the Banks Renewables application is submitted for planning approval.

Chairman Chris Levell told the Hawick News: “We felt we had to ask the general public of Hobkirk what they think about Birneyknowe, because despite 18 months of discussions about this, we had only received five objections. We felt we had to open it up.”

While Mr Levell admitted that he personally has no objection to the development, he said he does share the community’s main concerns over noise, flickering and the amount of vehicles it will generate.

Local Councillor Stuart Marshall added: “There were real concerns that views from beautiful landmarks such as Ruberslaw will be lost forever.

“I got the feeling that there were still many questions that needed to be answered by Banks Renewables, and I was not surprised at the response from the public and the local farming community who quite simply do not want this project to go ahead.”

Birneyknowe Wind Farm will be located three kilometres from Bonchester Bridge, and has been the subject of various meetings and public exhibitions.

 

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