Beauly - Denny power line

Repair and Upgrade of Dumyat Path (Sheriffmuir Road to Summit).

Path Works at Cocksburn Reservoir

The Beauly-Denny Powerline Stirling Visual Mitigation Scheme supports a range of environmental projects, identified through a process of extensive community engagement. These works are being managed by Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN). Further background information is given below.

The repair and upgrade of the Dumyat Path emerged as an appropriate project. Works commenced in early September 2017, however in response to community concerns these ceased in early October 2017 to allow various issues to be discussed. There has been wide ranging and proportionate consultation and engagement with interested parties. These include local members, Logie and Bridge of Allan Community Councils, Friends of the Ochils and cycling and ramblers groups. In support of the consultation SPEN arranged the services of Dr. Robert Aitken, a consultant experienced in upland path design, construction and management.

Having taken account of comments received SPEN have been requested to recommence work based on a revised programme of works, with a start date of 8 January 2018 to run for 8 weeks, weather conditions permitting.

Path works are also being carried out at the nearby Cocksburn reservoir.

Documents relative to the works can be viewed below. Please contact Richard Callender - Senior Planning Officer on (01786) 233662 (e-mail: callenderr@stirling.gov.uk) if there are any queries or further information is required.

The site contractors are reporting ongoing issues of litter along the Dumyat path, and undertake a weekly litter pick. All path users are requested to adhere to Scottish Outdoor Access Code, a key principle being if you are exercising access rights, look after the places you visit and enjoy, and leave the land as you find it.

The contractors are also reporting increasing incidences of vandalism and tampering to on-site machinery and materials. Path users are therefore requested to report any signs of suspicious or criminal activity to the Police.

Beauly to Denny - Power Line

Introduction

In 2010 Scottish Ministers granted consent for the Beauly to Denny 400kv transmission line, part of which passes through the Stirling Council area, from north of Kinbuck over Sheriffmuir, and the scarp at Blairlogie Kirk, then running east of Stirling across the Forth Valley, skirting Fallin, Cowie and Plean, to Glenside, a total length of 22km.

Information on the applications, the environmental statement, the Report of the Public Inquiry, and the Ministers decision can be found on the Scottish Government’s website. Further information can also be found on Scottish Power Energy Network website https://www.scottishpower.com

Stirling Visual Impact Mitigation Scheme

Having discounted proposals by Stirling Council and local community groups to underground sections of the line the Scottish Government approved, in December 2011, Scottish Power Energy Network's (SPEN) Stirling Visual Impact Mitigation Scheme, which saught to mitigate, in part, the visual impact of the over ground powerline by enhancing the local 'green network', including woodland planting, paths, signage and integrated wildlife habitats. Other works including the painting of towers at Blairlogie and the removal of 51 redundant lattice towers as a consequence of the undergrounding of an existing 132kV overgroundpowerline.

Beauly to Denny Legacy Steering Group

In 2012, the Council established the Beauly to Denny Power Line Legacy Steering Group, to oversee the development of the above mitigation measures and additional projects, in consultation with communities.

Current membership of the Steering Group, which re-convened in August 2017, comprises four Elected Members - Councillors Maureen Bennison, Margaret Brisley, Jim Thomson and Douglas Dodds. This Group is supported by a Partnership Group comprising representatives from Stirling Council, Scottish Government, SPEN, Central Scotland Green Network Trust and Ironside Farrar (Landscape Consultants). The selection of a third and final phase of projects will commence in Spring 2018.