Sunday, 29 December 2013

Pairc buy-out

After ten years, the community buyout of the Pairc Estate in South Lochs finally appears to becoming a reality. With the contribution of several hundred thousand pounds by public bodies, the Pairc Trust has now the funds available to take over the estate from present landlord Mr Barry Lomas. The way was rocky and unpleasant, but it is the result that counts. Whether the proposed windfarm will ever be built is dependent on the interconnector, and I recently learned that it could be quite a few years before that comes about - if at all. The winds of change are blowing through the renewables sector, with increasing numbers of people realising that windturbines are not as green as they are made out to be. Also, their output is not reliable, and requires back-up generation through other sources like nuclear, shale gas and the like. I don’t think the interconnector will come about - but only time will tell.
I wish the community of Pairc luck and sagacity with the acquisition of the land, and trust they manage it more in the interest of their residents than the outgoing landlord did.

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