Donegal County Council is meeting today in Lifford to decide on important variations to the County Development Plan that will affect certain aspects of wind farming in this county.

Councillors discussed the issue this morning and have since adjourned for lunch. Further discussions will take place this afternoon.

The public were asked for their views on two motions promoted by the Glenties Wind Farm Information Group (GWiG) - to place turbines ten times their tip height away from residential homes and centres of public gathering and to remove the six river catchment areas in the county with the fresh water pearl mussel from their current zoning as being preferred for wind energy.

GWiG had shepherded these motions through council for over six months last year with all of the elected councillors unanimously approving the said motions be sent out to public consultation at their January meeting.

The council then appended a third part to the motion whereby Council sought to “refine” the Zone of Visual Influence of Glenveagh

Members of GWiG marked the end of the public consultation process in May by delivering to the council in excess of 2,600 individual submissions from all over the county voicing overwhelming public support for the twin proposals initiated by the Group, and equal rejection of Council’s proposal to “refine” the Zone of Visual Influence of Glenveagh National Park.

It was expected that the 2,600, would be further augmented by the Group’s online submission facility, the Group members’ personal submissions, and by further postal and e-mail submissions from other members of the public. It is estimated that an overall number in excess of 3,000 will be the final figure for submissions.

Donegal County Council meet this today to to consider the Proposed Variation (No 2) to the County Development Plan 2012 – 2018 (as varied), and the Chief Executive’s Report on submissions received in respect of it.

GWiG chairman, Ernan O'Donnell said they expected the senior executive in the council to take heed of what has been said in these submissions and to help ensure that these amendments are passed today when they are to be voted on by the newly elected council.

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