Personal views of Elaine Murray MSP on behalf the Scottish Labour Party in Dumfries & Galloway
Dumfries and Galloway Strategic Reinforcement Project
I have been in regular contact with SPEN to pass on my constituent’s concerns and alternative proposals to consider along with the comments made at the various recent consultation events. This is not a ‘done deal’ and objectors should not lose heart – there is still a long way to go before the planning application is determined.
With regard to my own views, I acknowledge that this is a difficult situation. I accept that the current infrastructure may need to be replaced but am far from convinced that it needs to be replaced by such large structures. I consider that SPEN should seek the least invasive solution which could include under sea and underground cabling.
I know SPEN are resistant to these suggestions as they are more expensive and maintenance is more difficult but the views of residents and the damage to our countryside and tourism industry should also be given due consideration. Scottish Power / Iberdrola Group are a large multinational which have made very significant profits over the years and I do not believe they are unable to finance more acceptable solutions