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Substation decision delay is criticised

Blackdog residents Edna Booth and Nicola Brown who led the campaign against the electricity substation planned for the village.

Blackdog residents Edna Booth and Nicola Brown who led the campaign against the electricity substation planned for the village.

Residents in a small Aberdeenshire community have criticised the hold-up in a ruling over an electricity substation on their doorstep.

Worried villagers in Blackdog, near Balmedie, claim the delay by the Scottish Government in reaching a decision on the controversial plans is “unfair and taking far too long.”

The substation, a vital link in the wind turbine plans for Aberdeen Bay, is proposed for a former landfill site south of Hareburn Terrace.

It was rejected by Aberdeenshire councillors last year amid health and safety concerns, but the developers, European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), lodged an appeal in January.

Villagers have recently written to the Scottish Government Reporter considering the appeal to outline their health and safety fears over the landfill site.

Local people believe quantities of asbestos were dumped there in the early 1950s and they claim the local authority can have no idea of what went into the site between 1927 and the late 1960s because there was no control or regulation.

The developers have sought to allay fears insisting that finding low level traces of asbestos in the ground is not unusual for a brownfield site like this one.

Residents are now running out of patience as they await a decision.

Edna Booth, who spearheaded opposition along with neighbour Nicola Brown, said: “It would appear that the decision is to be based on all the written statements rather than a hearing or inquiry.

“We feel that this decision is taking far too long and is unfair on the residents of the Blackdog.”

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “The reporter considering the appeal received additional information relating to the application towards the end of June.

“The reporter’s decision will be published once this has been fully considered.”

 

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