These meetings were set up by SIC to take the views of the Shetland community. The meetings are intended to give all councillors a feel for what the wider community thought of the Viking Energy wind farm planning application.
|Brae. 28 September||18||22%||58||72%||5|
|Aith. 29 September||15||12%||110||86%||3|
|Dunrossness. 30 September||14||18%||60||77%||4|
|Lerwick. 1 October||49||31%||106||68%||4|
The conclusion from these SIC run meetings is that a minority of people, only 21%, attending support the Viking Energy wind farm. 75% of people attending the meetings opposed the wind farm. It is perhaps no surprise that few with "no opinion" attended the meetings. It has long been claimed that "if the people of Shetland don't want the wind farm it wont happen". It is now clear the people of Shetland have said no to the Viking windfarm plan. The job of councillors is to recommend refusal of the planning application. Their job as Charitable Trust trustees is to halt the project. They have no mandate or moral authority to continue with the Viking Energy wind farm.
Sustainable Shetland wish to thank all participants (for, against and undecided) for the courteous and respectful conduct of (almost) all who attended these meetings. Everyone has a right to their own opinion, freely expressed.
This project has already created too much division within our community, and we are all aware that the best resource we have in Shetland is the ability of our community to work together for the common good.
After many requests, on 20/3/2010 Shetland Islands Council made the full transcripts available to Sustainable Shetland. As far as we know, this is the only place you can see them. The original purpose of these transcripts was to accompany the SIC's submission to the Energy Consents Unit. It remains unclear if this has been done.
The community meeting wind farm transcripts here:
These four meetings were supposed to reflect the views of all of Shetland. The views expressed were overwhelmingly opposed to the Viking Energy planning application (about 75%).
Prior to these events, Sustainable Shetland attended a meeting with SIC officials and councillors planning the meetings. We appreciated being invited, but were unsuccessful in arguing that more locations should be included in the consultation.
We said that four events did not give enough people in Shetland the chance to contribute to the debate. Instead, the SIC claimed these four meetings would be sufficient. We argued then, and say so again; this windfarm is an issue for all people, in all parts of Shetland.
24/7/09. Royal Society for the Protection of Birds issued their 42 page objection to the Viking Energy wind farm, not surprisingly damage to wildlife, and birds in particular feature high on their list of objections. But the carbon payback for the project also comes in for serious criticism. Full objection at RSPB web site
24/7/09. Government executive agency, Scottish Natural Heritage have lodged their objections and comments on the Viking Energy Wind Farm. Some areas of concern are not included as they consider this out with their official remit. Copy of SNH objection can be viewed at Shetland News web site.
22/7/09. The internationally recognised trust to promote conservation and preservation of wild lands, the John Muir Trust, has lodged a formal objection to the Viking Energy wind farm. Read their planning objection in full.
15/7/09. Shetland Amenity Trust have released their formal objection to the Viking Energy Wind farm. The Trust was created 26 years ago with a remit to safeguard and protect the landscape and environment and the natural and cultural heritage of Shetland. Read Amenity Trust planning objection here (PDF format). Read their accompanying press release here.
Sustainable Shetland is a campaign group formed in response to a proposal for a large scale wind farm in Shetland. We believe these large industrial projects are damaging to our environment. We believe that the Viking Energy wind farm endangers Shetland Community Funds, project costs are underestimated and project income grossly over stated.
We believe that the Viking Energy proposals are everything we do not need in Shetland: they are financially risky and potentially damaging to the Shetland environment.
We want to see sustainable renewable energy projects in Shetland which are fit for scale and fit for purpose, and provide real community benefit.
We are not an "anti windfarm" campaign. However we are strongly opposed to the Viking wind farm proposal. Other projects will be considered on their own merits.