Thursday, 3 September 2015

Border TV News, thoughts BBC links, Meetings

Yesterday we saw the protesters in Dunscore on TV. They showed the countryside, had an interview with Alan Jones, A Dunscore CC member and another interview with a SPEN rep. The main gist of this was still taking the SPEN mantra that they need to upgrade the lines.When the energy they are going to carry is all for export to the rest of UK and of no benefit other than being eyesores health hazards, and killers of migrating birds,to people in the areas affected, was not apparent in the interview.

Link to Border News  Unfortunately we do not have the actual clip to show you if you missed it.

A much more favourable article from the BBC can be seen on this link. They have got the idea.

SPEN and Stakeholders Group

It seems that SPEN has formed a Stakeholders Group. Not one representative from any of the areas to be affected, is a member of this group. Nice one SPEN

The Stakeholder Liaison Group is chaired by the Scottish Government and membership of the group includes:

South Ayrshire Council
Dumfries & Galloway Council
Cumbria County Council
Carlisle City Council
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)
Natural England
Historic Scotland
English Heritage
Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
Environment Agency

It is envisaged that throughout the lifecycle  of the project other relevant stakeholder organisations will join the group as required. The Stakeholder Group has met on three occasions to date. The last meeting took place 29th April 2015.

Neither Kirkmahoe CC, nor any other, appears to have been informed about these meetings, nor given any advanced warning of SPEN's plans.   

Get mad folks, get really mad. We need to do everything we can to stop this being decided above our heads, by people who think they know what is best for us. Sign our petition if you have not already done so the more signatures we have the better. Ask your friends to sign it as well

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