The first delivery of wind farm components for Langhope Rig has been hailed a success – as stunned Teries took in the sheer size of the structures.
The massive abnormal loads, destined for the site near Roberton, rolled slowly into Hawick on Saturday and Tuesday as part of a planned delivery schedule from August through to October, finally got under way.
The vehicles began their journey at Grangemouth and travelled with a police escort down the A68 through Denholm – and despite lengthy delays to arrival times and allegations of poor communucation – officials have reported no serious complaints.
Councillor George Turnbull told the Hawick News: “There have been only minor problems overall. This project seems to have gone to plan once it got started and the good weather helped greatly.”
Ten turbines at a height of 82.5m and with a blade length of 40.2m are being constructed by SSE Renewables, whose initial proposal was rejected by Scottish Borders Council before being passed by the Scottish Government.
And SBC planning committee member Ron Smith also reported no major delivery gripes. “There was a video showing the component at Martin’s Bridge and drivers were complemented for their ability,” he said. “A clip from the High Street showed it very large, but beyond that I have not heard any criticism, other than the quantity of vehicles.”
However, Uppper Teviotdale and Borthwick Water Community Council was less impressed after SSE failed to advertise the deliveries or provide radio updates. The rural council also claims delays affected logging lorries.
But a spokesperson for SSE said that deliveries went according to plan, although conceded that external factors, including one lorry breaking down on Saturday, and bad traffic on Tuesday, caused delays. The spokesperson added: “We do apologise for any problems caused.”
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