Until about two years ago, I’d never really heard of Hunterston (and I have a feeling that’s probably true for many people in Scotland who don’t live on the Ayrshire coast). That all changed when I heard about the plans to build Scotland’s first new coal fired power station in over 30 years, right on top of a nationally important place for wildlife.
The issue of power generation is something that affects us all. Every time we make a cup of tea, we’re using power, but most of us are pretty much divorced from the actual process of how that power is produced.
I understand that we need electricity, we want it. But what we don’t need is a new coal-fired power station belching out climate-wrecking gasses and adding to the global CO2 crisis. Just because we don’t all live right on the Ayrshire coast, it doesn’t mean that we can ignore what could happen there if the right choice is not made for us, and for the future of our country. North Ayrshire Council’s democratically elected decision makers have an important role to play in representing people’s views on this issue.
Scotland should be leading the world in renewables, not taking a step backwards. By allowing this proposal to go forward, we’d be saying it’s okay to build something fuelled by coal shipped from halfway around the world; that’s it’s okay to destroy a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a final refuge for wildlife in an area where there is no where else for that wildlife to go.
21,000 people have now said no to Hunterston, more than any other proposal in Scottish planning history. That’s a lot of people power, but will it be enough?
November 9th is d-day, decision day for North Ayrshire Council as to whether or not they will object to the proposals, sending the strongest message yet to the Scottish Government that Hunterston shouldn’t happen. I hope that they will continue to take on board the views of the people living in their area and more widely and reflect these with an objection.
Let’s not leave that to chance though. Come along to the Council meeting on Wednesday, November 9th and make sure they know that they have your support to say no to Hunterston.
If you are able to attend & would like to join us for the journey to Irvine, we will be meeting outside the Thornton’s in Glasgow Central at 11:45am. We will catch the Ayr train that leaves at 12:00 & arrives in Irvine at 12:33. We will have a 2nd meeting point outside the Irvine train station on the Asda side about 12:45.
If you aren’t able to make it to the meeting but would like the Council to know your objection, please email your name and a brief message to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will add your names & messages to postcards and deliver them to councillors on the day.
For more information about Hunterston please visit http://www.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/casework/details.aspx?id=tcm:9-227932