“This leaflet contains information that is designed to scaremonger the local community into opposing our application for what is essential infrastructure!” said Mr Mirchandani.
The leaflet, posted around Coupar Angus last week, makes several criticisms of the proposal including:
• The wrong location (there are better, less obtrusive places for this)
• Industrialisation of the rural landscape
• Visual impact (6.7m high & located on the highest land in an open field)
• Noise impact (both during construction phase and operational phase)
• Traffic (huge disruption to local residents-Precinct Street/country lanes)
• Road Safety (Precinct street, and through town with construction lorries)
• Flood risk (new access road will increase this risk at Tweedside cottages)
• Listed buildings (the proposed site is directly opposite listed buildings) and is close to the Coupar Angus Conservation Area
Although the leaflet does not say who wrote or published it, it states “Further information can be obtained from the Community Council” and follows earlier criticism published by Coupar Angus & Bendochy Community Council on social media regarding the scale and appearance of the development, as well as its location on prime agricultural land.
Coronation Power has organised a second information event this Tuesday (19th March) from 4pm to 7pm in the main hall of Coupar Angus Town Hall. An earlier information event on 31st January was heavily criticised for the lack of disabled access and the failure of the attending consultants to answer the questions of many people who attended. The project designers, Arcus Consulting Services, have asked anyone requiring further information to forward their inquiries to Jamie Gilliland at JamieG@arcusconsulting.co.uk.
Mr Mirchandani has stated that he will be attending the event, adding, “I encourage the local community to come along to the exhibition and see the photomontages we have prepared demonstrating the visual impact of the scheme from different viewpoints. Then they can decide if the scheme is acceptable or not. I look forward to welcoming all to the exhibition next week.”