Wind Turbine Action Group to meet local TDs

Members of the Kilcash Wind Turbine Action Group are set to meet with local TDs and councillors this evening (Thursday) to voice their anger at the proposed development of a wind turbine near Knockcroghery.

Residents in Kilcash, Farbreagues and other communities in the area have been left shocked by plans to develop a 150-metre wind turbine close to local homes.

The action group has been set up to counter what residents describe as: “a blatant disregard of their community” by the company being the proposed development, Natural Forces Renewable Energy Ltd.

The renewable energy company applied to Roscommon County Council on April 30th for panning for the construction of one 4.2MW wind turbine with overall tip height of up to 150m; the construction of the wind turbine foundation, hard standing and assembly area; provision of site entrance and access track within site; construction of a 20KV substation and underground electrical cable and all associated works at Kilcash, close to Knockcroghery.

The closing date for submissions is June 3rd with the local authority set to make a decision on the application on June 24th.

The PRO of the residents’ group, Brian Kearney, said no consultations had taken place with local homeowners prior to the planning application being submitted.

“This wind turbine is set to 150 metres high, which is 30 metres higher than The Spire in Dublin. There was no communication with Natural Forces Renewable Energy before the application was submitted,” he said.

Mr. Kearney said two wind turbines are already in place on Skrine Hill but this new turbine would create more issues for local residents as well as impacting on the local environment and surrounds.

“It’s amazing what’s on our doorstep in terms of local wildlife and flora and we also have six scenic views, as identified by Roscommon County Council in this area. This development will have a severe impact on all of this, not to mention the associated health concerns for local residents,” he said.

Mr. Kearney said the group had “hit the ground running” in recent days and support has been forthcoming from other local communities as well as public representatives. He said the committee would be making their feelings known to the local TDs this evening as they look to continue their opposition to the plans.

The group is appealing to people to support them by following their progress on social media as well as signing an online petition opposing the planned development.