Villagers have say on sub-station plan

THERE was a huge turn-out of villagers on Tuesday night for a public hearing into plans for an electricity sub-station at Blackdog, north of Aberdeen.

The majority of local residents are against the proposals, which are linked to a windfarm project in nearby Aberdeen Bay.

The hearing was to allow the developer and objectors to have their say before the Formartine Area Committee discusses the scheme again next week.

Committee members deferred a decision on the sub-station at their meeting last month to allow councillors to carry out a site visit and take part in the hearing.

Councillors and villagers viewed the area for the proposed development.

Pensioner Edna Booth has led a vociferous campaign against the sub-station, highlighting concerns about the health risk to people bacause the site is on a former landfill.

European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) were given the go-ahead by the Scottish Government last month for the 11-turbine development.

An EOWDC official told the hearing that there was a low risk associated with the development of the site and appropriate care and attention would be taken to ensure safety before the work is carried out.

Formartine Area Committee are due to discuss the sub-station application on Tuesday.