Residents lose substation battle

Edna Booth and Nicole Brown had led the campaign against the electricity substation.
Edna Booth and Nicole Brown had led the campaign against the electricity substation.
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Campaigners have vowed to fight on after losing a legal bid to prevent the building of an electricity substation to service an offshore windfarm in Aberdeen Bay.

Their appeal against the project planned for a former landfill site at Blackdog, near Balmedie, was rejected at the Court of Session in Edinburgh last week.

Our concerns are for the health and safety of this community

Edna Booth Campaigner

The developers of the proposed windfarm had previously won a challenge to Aberdeenshire Council’s decision to refuse the development.

Local residents Edna Booth and Nicole Brown have spearheaded the opposition to the substation and insist their battle will continue, despite the court ruling.

Lady Smith threw out their claim that the Scottish Government reporter had not acted legally when he upheld an appeal by the developers.

Edna said: “We were very disappointed with the decision.

“We have lost this battle but the war is not yet over. We will go on fighting against the building of a substation on Strabathie Landfill.

“This site contains over four hundred tonnes of asbestos and the cables cross diagonally across the area to the substation buildings, of which there are two.

“Our concerns are for the health and safety of this community.”

She added: “Our community has been subject to environmental and land degradation since 1930.

“The substation is the straw that broke the camel’s back. We will fight tooth and nail to stop this.”

Representatives of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) welcomed the court decision.

They said it brought the testing centre a step closer.

The electricity substation is a key component in bringing ashore power from the turbines.

Donald Trump has been a fierce opponent of the windfarm project.

He claims it would spoil the view from his championship links at Menie Estate.

Lawyers representing the US tycoon are preparing to take his case to the UK Supreme Court and the European Courts.