James Dornan, MSP for Cathcart, has again challenged Glasgow City Council’s obstruction over the Castlemilk and Carmunnock Wind Park Trust’s project to build a small urban wind park in the community, with the profits going back in to local community projects in the communities of Castlemilk and Carmunnock.
Speaking in Parliament today the local MSP highlighted the case during parliamentary question time, and expressed his regret that Glasgow City Council would not give the local trust the right to use the land despite the council previously having granted them planning permission to build a small urban wind park on the same ground.
The project, which is made up of local volunteers from Castlemilk and Carmunnock, are now having to re-locate their project to neighbouring local authority South Lanarkshire, meaning that Glasgow has lost out on being home to Scotland’s first ever community owned and managed urban wind park.
Speaking in The Scottish Parliament Mr Dornan said: “I simply cannot understand why Glasgow City Council are content to see this project move to a neighbouring local authority.
“The Castlemilk and Carmunnock Wind Park Trust have worked tirelessly over many years to put together a sustainable, well managed and profitable business model that would see the profits from locally produced renewable energy ploughed back in to community projects in the local community just to see Glasgow City Council place one obstacle after another in their way.
“Glasgow City Council have spent the last few years cutting budgets and services for my constituents, this is one simple way that they can give something back to them and allow the local community to raise revenue for projects that matter to them. However rather than this, Glasgow City Council’s notorious need to control everything has resulted in my constituents losing out on much needed investment.”