We Catherine & Alan Carrol of Templeourm, are writing to object to the current proposal to change designated land in our community to “Acceptable in Principle” for wind energy.
Firstly, this was only brought to our attention in the past few weeks. We feel that since we are in a level 5 national lockdown, this is a less than ideal time to be making such long-term decision. As a community, we cannot meet to discuss and debate this very important decision that will affect each and every one of us for years to come. We are appealing to the county council to extend this date to allow open discussion in communities over the summer when it will be permitted for people to gather outdoors and have proper debate.
Aside from this there are many elements of this plan that are alarming.
The catastrophic change to our beautiful landscape. If this were to go ahead the increased heavy traffic on roads that are already only built for minimal traffic at best. Children and cyclists will be risking their lives using the roads if a project of this scale is approved. The Flicker from the blades from the early morning and evening sun is something that is guaranteed to affect hundreds of homes in the area. Most of us have chosen to live in this rural area for the peace and tranquillity that it offers and we don’t wish to see this destroyed by a wind farm on our doorstep. The devastating impact on wildlife in the area in particular to birds especially during construction phase, with natural habitats destroyed. This area is littered with historic landmarks many of which risk being destroyed and lost for ever. This wind project won’t create any permanent local jobs and will damage any tourism potential in our area.
That Kilkenny County Council extend the deadline. If we are in a level 5 lockdown and cannot meet as a community then how can we discuss something that will impact our community.
We cannot call a public meeting to discuss and share this information and many that I have spoken to by phone were completely unaware that this rezoning of larnd was happening in their community.