Thursday Night Meeting in Scartaglin to Explore Wind Farm Plans

Scartaglin based Sliabh Luachra Drama Group members: Tim Dineen, Moira Hughes and Mairéad Cronin in their stage personas here but their demeanour mirrors the attitude of the people of the locality to wind farm proposals for their area.   ©Photograph: John Reidy

Opposition is mounting out of a growing awareness in the Scartaglin area of extensive plans for wind farm development in this and the general Sliabh Luachra area.

A group which opposes the plans for the area has was only recently been established with the aims of providing information to the Scartaglin and Sliabh Luachra locality about concerning plans for the area in the Kerry County Development Plan which is out for public consultation currently.

Pre-Christmas Meeting

“A public meeting was held prior to Christmas in Scartaglin Heritage Centre, but this was limited in numbers and advertising due to the Covid restrictions in place at the time,” said a spokesperson for the group.

“A large portion of Scartaglin has been identified within the current draft of the 2022-2028 County Development Plan as a suitable location for ‘wind farm development’ and the region would be zoned specifically for the development of wind farms should it be ratified in the current draft of the plan as it is at present,” said the spokesperson.

Areas for Further Assessment

Other regions of Scartaglin and Sliabh Luachra including the bordering regions of Currow, Anablaha and Kilcummin, Gneevguilla and Cordal could also be affected as part of these regions and areas very close to these areas have also been included as ‘Areas for further Assessment’ for wind farm development.

“We hope the meeting on this Thursday night, February 10th at 7:30pm would provide important information to the people of the locality around the current proposals for wind farm development for the Sliabh Luachra region within the county development plan.

Worried by Proposals

“We hope to explain to people how they can have their say if they are worried by these current proposals by sending in a ‘Submission’ of their concerns to the Kerry County Council offices in Tralee and the deadline for receipt of these submissions is February 23rd,” the spokesperson concluded.

You can contact The Maine Valley Post on… Anyone in The Maine Valley Post catchment area who would like to send us news and captioned photographs for inclusion can send them to: Queries about advertising and any other matters regarding The Maine Valley Post can also be sent to that address or just ring: 087 23 59 467.