West Lothian Council SNP Group has expressed its full support for the £200 million Fauch Hill Wind Farm Project.
SNP Council Group Leader Cllr. Peter Johnston explained,
“SNP believe that West Lothian must be open to new development – even more so in these difficult economic times – and so we are fully behind the Fauch Hill Wind Farm Project that will bring a £200 million investment to West Lothian, create significant opportunities for local businesses and deliver a significant number of new jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities.”
Cllr. Johnston emphasised,
“SNP are enthusiastic supporters of the provision of clean, green electricity and believe that the Fauch Hill proposals not only deliver on this agenda but will also provide a range of substantial community benefits.”
Local SNP Councillor Carl John added,
“We are particularly supportive of the project commitment to deliver improved flora, fauna and biodiversity in the locality through the planting of 100,000 trees and through a habitat management plan. We welcome the commitment to create new paths and tracks for cycling, mountain biking, riding running and walking and believe that these, along with the proposed new Visitor and Educational Centre, will both enhance local amenities and improve access to the Pentland Hills and will actually increase the number of visitors to the Pentland Hills Regional Park.”
Cllr. John stressed,
“ I am particularly pleased with the substantial Community Benefits Package which will provide an annual payment of £330,000 with the Kirknewton and West Calder communities receiving £99,000 a year each and I warmly welcome the opportunity for a ‘Community Turbine’ which will allow a community share in the ownership and success of the project.”
Cllr. Johnston continued,
“It is clear from independent resident surveys that there is considerablecommunity support
For the Fauch Hill proposals and we are delighted that both West Lothian College and Oatridge College are supportive of this project.
I believe that by objecting to this £200 million investment West Lothian Council’s Labour/Con Administration has shown themselves to be completely out of touch with our community. SNP are clear the council has failed to properly consider this vital issue and failed to even follow the council’s accepted procedures by refusing to allow detailed consideration through our policy development and scrutiny process.
The Council objection means that a Public Local Inquiry is necessary and the SNP Group has now formally determined to fully support the project and will contribute positively to such an inquiry as we believe that the successful delivery of the Fauch Hill Wind Farm Project will be a tremendous and welcome boost to West Lothian in economic, environmental and community terms.”