Ahead of their meeting, the highland council, Save Glen Etive and Save Our Rivers have have presented a petition signed by 11,848 people. We are grateful to Sandra Halliday for taking the lead on this.
This petition is raised in objection to the following planning applications:
REF 18/02742/FUL – Allt a’ Chaorainn
REF 18/05440/FUL – Allt Mheuran
REF 18/02739/FUL – Allt Ceitlein
The applications for these 3 hydro schemes were controversial from the start and attracted hundreds of objections through the planning process. However, as is often the case, the plans for Glen Etive only reached wide spread attention once the planning process had closed. The initial acceptance of the applications and subsequent media coverage has led many to feel concern for the future of this iconic Glen.
The reassessment of this decision by the full council is a welcome step and with the official planning process closed to comments this petition has been raised as a vehicle for those concerned to have a voice.
Objections to the hydro schemes covered many areas of concern including but not limited to; the importance of keeping areas recognised as Wild Land by SNH free from intrusive development, the risk to both upland and riverine habitats caused by this type of infrastructure and the impact on recreation caused by the physical effects on both the rivers and the wider landscape.
The common thread through all objections is this;
The ecological and landscape value of Glen Etive as it stands, far outweighs the limited level of renewable energy set to be produced by these schemes.
We the undersigned hope that the Highland Council considers the views of so many both resident to the Highlands and visitors to the area from across the UK in its decision.
Sandra Halliday, Save Our Rivers & Save Glen Etive
And 11,848 like minded people.