Friday, 19 September 2014

Wind Turbines: Coillte urged to ‘reveal more’

Members of the Sliabh Bán Community Group this week called on Coillte to show people how the proposed giant turbines on Sliabh Bán will look for less than one kilometre away.

This follows the distribution of leaflets by Coillte in the area last week, which showed how the proposed wind turbine development on Sliabh Bán would look from six different locations. 

A spokesperson for Sliabh Bán Community Group said, “This appears to be a deliberate strategy, as the 112 metre turbines on a mountain which has a height of 262 metres, will seem very tall and imposing. This is what concerns local residents. The twenty-one turbines will also have a huge impact on the impression that people will have of the landscape in the area. Sliabh Bán is a very visible mountain as it is surrounded by flat land for miles around. The photographs Coillte has already published show the turbines clearly visible from as far away as Clondra in Co. Longford and from Simpson’s Cross near Tulsk.

“It is important that Roscommon and Longford people express their concerns about this proposed wind farm development. The Sliabh Bán Community Group, who are opposed to the wind turbines on Sliabh Bán, have requested a public meeting with Coillte to express these concerns. They are also having a fund-raising night this coming Sunday, to help pay for, what seems like an inevitable appeal to planning authorities to stop this development.

“Coillte seems determined to push ahead with the wind turbines, despite local opposition. “Everybody is welcome to join the Sliabh Ban Community Group in Franks Pub near Strokestown, 5 pm Sunday 29th, for a barbecue and music from popular band ‘Acting da Maggot’. For those who want to explore Sliabh Bán, a road besides Frank’s Pub leads up to eight miles of sign-posted walkways, which cover the mountain.” 

For further information, contact the Sliabh Ban Community Group on (089) 4345731 or email sliabhbancommunitygroup@gmail.com.