The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) – or Aarhus - Convention
provides for access to justice in environmental matters for
Sustainable Shetland made a submission through DEFRA (the agency for UNECE in the UK) in October 2013. The submission was made as comments in response to a draft National Implementation Report on the Convention for the UK, and concerned the Judicial Review of the Scottish Scottish Givernments Ministers’ consent for the Viking Windfarm.
We explain that the judicial review process is extremely expensive, and that there is a danger that the fear of escalating costs could prevent an organisation (and potentially other NGOs or individuals) from making use of due legal process.
In effect we we explain that access to justice, even allowing for protected costs orders, is extremely difficult to sustain. In our own case it is a matter of concern that a hearing originally allocated for 4 days can so easily extend to 14.
Members of Scottish Parliament (List MSPs etc)
- Shetland Islands Council Aerogenerator Policy. November 2004. This is the SICs interim policy on domestic and community aerogenerators. Try fitting the "community" Viking scheme to this policy if you can! 481Kb file. 15 pages.
- Tourism windfarm Scotland Study. 12 March 2008. Scottish government commissioned study. Tourists were interviewed at main tourist attractions (note, not near any wind farms). This report was spun as tourists support wind farms. However, actually reading the report reveals that about 20-30% of tourists preferred landscapes without windfarms. Would we be happy with 20-30% less overnight tourists in Shetland? 3.09MB file. 115 pages.
- Moyle Interconnector Overview. September 2002. Overview of the converter station in Northern Ireland. Capacity is about same as proposed for Shetland Converter Station, and use similar HVDD cable. Note the sheer size of the station. Can you imagine this in the upper Weisdale / Kergord valley. 1.81MB file. 13 pages.
Constitution of Sustainable Shetland. Every democratic organisation should be clear about how it operates, why it exists, and how members can take part in activities, and affect change within their organisation. Here is our constitution. 3 pages, 18kb.
Sustainable Shetland is a campaign group opposed to very large scale wind farms in Shetland. We believe these large industrial projects are damaging to our local environment. We believe that the Viking Energy Project endangers Shetland Community Funds, and that project costs are underestimated, whilst project income grossly overestimated.
We believe that the Viking Energy proposals are everything we do not need in Shetland: they are financially risky and may damage the Shetland environment.
We want to see sustainable renewable energy projects in Shetland, and that these projects should be fit for scale, and provide real community benefit.
We aim to go beyond just being just an "anti windfarm campaign".