The Public Meeting on Wednesday 27 April 2016 in Monymusk Village Hall was inspiring with over 150 people attending. The Chairman, Fergus McGhie of Monymusk, set a friendly yet professional tone, gave key information, encouraged questions and got us all out on time. Other CLAMPA members from Tillyfourie, Balvack, Monymusk, Craigearn and Leschangie presented or answered questions. Click to see the slides: Monymusk Public Meeting 27 Apr 2016
Three local MSP Candidates also attended – Sarah Duncan (Scottish Labour), Alexander Burnett (Conservative) and Mike Rumbles (Liberal Democrat). They all spoke in support of our campaign and were very complimentary of the fantastic work done by the Core Pylon Action Group in pulling everything together in such a short space of time. Mike Rumbles was adamant that the Monymusk – Craigearn – Leschangie corridor was the wrong route for a multitude of reasons.
Everyone was encouraged to write to Lesley Dow, Liaison Manager, SSE, 200 Dunkeld Road, Perth, PH1 3GH by Friday 6th May 2016 voicing their objections. Sample objection letters are on the website www.CLAMPA.org to help you compose a letter in your own words. Please encourage every member of your household, friends and neighbours to write letters or send emails to Lesley.Dow@SSE.com and please copy to act@Clampa.org so that we can keep track of your objections. Please spread the word – we can do this!
Some Points Raised at the Meeting
- The pylons should follow the A96 or the upgraded railway line and not be in a non-industrialised zone
- We were assured at the SSE meeting in Alford in 2015 that the line would not go near Craigearn
- Contact Transco about pylons crossing high pressure gas lines
- Could 50m pylons interrupt air navigation beacons?
- This zone has many small crofts – the ones near Tillyfourie were specifically granted historically to give people land to work
- Contact Historic Scotland
- Contact the National Trust for Scotland – Michael Sedgwick in Edinburgh (MSedgwick@nts.org.uk)
- Engage with our Councillors as part of the political process
- Publish list of key contacts
Donations were generously made totalling £560. Thanks for helping further the campaign!