Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Not exactly electrified

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Gravir in July 2007"]Gravir in July 2007[/caption]

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has granted planning permission for an electricity converter station with associated infrastructure to be built at Gravir, South Lochs. The station will be the exit point for all power, generated by large scale windfarms in Lewis, which will be taken across to Dundonnell on the mainland, thence to Beauly and finally to Denny near Stirling in Central Scotland.

Locals (one of them here on IB) have been fiercely opposed, and even the local councillor was not in favour. Concerns have been voiced over the impact of the scheme on the landscape and the infrastructure. Other councillors have heaped praise on this imminent monstrosity as part of the economic salvation of this island.

Why this could not go to the substation at Arnish is a mystery.
Why this could not be part of the Eishken windfarm, is a mystery too.
Yes, I know the reasons why: a pylon line would be required from Lochs to Arnish.

Once more, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has not exactly represented the views of its populace.


  1. Yes my friend it would appear that CNES yet again feels no responsibility towards its rate-payers and electorate. When you see this built and where it is sited you will perhaps understand some of the huge regret/sadness that many people are now and will be feeling....beginning of a very ugly end as Inter-Connector justifies Turbines I guess? RJG

  2. Sad is the reality - the refusal to recognize our views and instead blinkered - they continue.

    I fail to understand local authorities - and often question their criteria.

    Good Luck.