On account of the exceptional landscape beauty, diversity of wildlife and proximity to Fairlie village, Hunterston is not a suitable site for heavy industry. Year on year any such developments will continue to be impeded by a succession of legal challenges under Environmental Impact, Nature Conservation and Health and Safety law. Also in terms of Scotland’s logistics network, it is clearly an isolated location with exceptionally poor road and rail links. Any venture which requires large quantities of materials to be transported to the site and large quantities of products to be transported away from the site will be greatly restricted by our narrow roads and single track railway. However, Hunterston will perfectly serve it’s designated function as an Energy Hub, a Centre of international significance, when developed as Scotland’s Green Energy Technology and Enterprise Park. The Scottish Government have always stated their commitment for Scotland to be recognised as a leader in green energy technologies. In this stunnimg setting, being close to two international airports, Hunterston is ideally located for Scotland’s showcase Enterprise Park. It will function well alongside the now cracking Nuclear Power Station reactors and the new £1bn Western Link high voltage direct current Converter facility. The nuclear reactors have served EDF well, far beyond their anticipated lifespan, but will soon need to cease operation losing us many of the 500 jobs currently provided by one of the biggest employers in North Ayrshire. At that time, the Technology Park would provide alternative employment and retain this expertise in the area.
Largs & Millport News 13th June 2019 read more »