Big turnout for exhibition

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The Stornoway Wind Farm development team has expressed its delight at the attendance at its two day exhibition in Stornoway last week, which attracted five hundred people, including many young islanders.

The Public Exhibition was held on Tuesday and Wednesday (15 March and 16 March) at Martin’s Memorial Hall, Stornoway and gave attendees an opportunity to see the updated proposals for a wind farm to the west of Stornoway. It also gave the public an opportunity to meet members of the development team face to face and to ask questions relating to the project.

The exhibition was enhanced by the presence of a 3D modeling animation package. The software allowed visitors to view a 3D interactive image of how the turbines might appear from their home or business. In addition to this, a range of photomontages gave updates on the positioning of the turbines from various points around the Island. The exhibition also featured information with updated details on the community benefits available to the islanders.

The exhibition also welcomed a host of young people from across the island. On Tuesday night, the local Boys Brigade came along to visit the exhibition and took part in some games and activities themed around the proposal. On Wednesday, students from Tong Primary School, Stornoway Primary School and the Nicholson Institute were given a guided tour of the exhibition by the development team. Also on show were the artistic contributions of local children, keen to win the art competition being sponsored by Stornoway Wind Farm, in conjunction with the science festival.Ron Peddie, Project Director at Stornoway Wind Farm said:

“I am very pleased with the high turn-out from the public over the two days of the exhibition in Stornoway. The fact that we had nearly three times the number of visitors at this exhibition compared to the previous one last year highlights the momentum we have generated in driving forward the project and engaging with local people. We heard a range of views from our visitors including both positive and negative feedback. The 3D image modeling was well received as it was able to show people lifelike views of the wind farm and this helped to ease concerns of some visitors who were worried about the visual impact it might have.

“I was particularly pleased that we were able to engage with crofters and look forward to liaising with crofting townships to ensure that their interests and concerns are fully addressed as the project develops.

“It was also great to see so many youngsters in attendance at the exhibition. The economic benefits our development will help to bring to Lewis will be of particular importance to young people on the island.

“The project team is also very appreciative of the interesting and constructive comments provided through the questionnaires and in person. We are committed to listening and learning from local people as we drive this project forward and we would urge residents to continue to send in their comments as we look to submit our planning application to the Scottish Government this summer.”

Members of the public who missed the exhibition and would like more information can contact David Morrison, the Community Consultation Manager for the Stornoway Wind Farm on 01851-700024 or by email david@stornowaytrust.org.uk or call in to see him at the Stornoway Trust offices in Perceval Square where he is based.

Interested parties can also log onto www.stornowaywind.com where updated information and maps will be available to view and download.