Development of multi-million pound “horrible” Easter Ross for weary residents; Company Says Program Will Help Maintain 50-Year Job Portfolio
Concerns have been raised over noise, light pollution and dust after work began on a massive multi-million pound investment in a large Easter Ross yard.
Residents of Cromarty say the development of East Quayside in Nigg, as part of the development of Nigg Energy Park, is already causing concern only weeks after the start of a 14-month development.
Calling themselves “intimidated” by the company for the way it conducts its work, some say they feel powerless to complain and speak out.
Residents say it’s unfortunate that the start of work coincided with the opening of the visitor-dependent area after the Covid restrictions were lifted. And locals say that the work took place on Sunday and on a public holiday, against the planning conditions.
Construction began the week of April 19 and will be completed in 14 months. Dredging and construction of a temporary causeway began last month and the pile is scheduled to begin this month and end in November.
“Residents and the community are looking for a quality of life in Cromarty. We understand this is a working port and we need jobs. All we ask is to work under the conditions of your planning and to be respectful of the community. – Councilor Craig Fraser
Residents have been advised by Cromarty Community Council that “the work will be noisy and noise monitoring will occur during the test pile in May and the stacking will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. and from 7 am to 1 pm on Saturday ”.
Ingrid Rochford, who lives and works at Ingrid’s house in Cromarty, said: “We feel intimidated.
“It’s horrible, the work continues well after 7 p.m., and they dredged all day Sunday.
“He’s relentless and we have no respite. We need a day off.
“What we don’t want is to discourage people from coming to Cromarty. We have been hit hard by the pandemic. The works started just as the tourists are coming back. What we don’t want is that people say: come to Cromarty ‘. “
Jeanette Kimber, of the Old Nigg Ferry Hotel, said: “Since the start of the works there has been a large mountain of dirt which is slowly being blown over Cromarty. It’s everywhere on cars, windows and solar panels.
“The dust is like the Sahara desert. As soon as you wipe it off, it’s more.”
“The East Quay is seen as essential in attracting foreign investment to the region, which is essential if we are to maximize the job creation opportunities associated with the 50-year pipeline of detailed offshore wind projects in the Crown areas. and the Scottish government. round. “- Rory Gunn, Facilities Manager at Nigg Energy Park
Councilor Craig Fraser, from the Black Isle neighborhood, said, “Residents and the community are looking for a quality of life in Cromarty.
“We understand this is a working port and we need jobs.
“All we ask is to work under your planning conditions and be respectful of the community.
He continued, “There is no compensation from the development society despite the fact that people’s lives have been disrupted.”
However, Nigg Energy Park’s facilities manager Rory Gunn highlighted the benefits of the program.
Mr Gunn, who himself lives in Cromarty, said: “I think it’s important to stress the strategic importance of this development from East Quay to Nigg to set some context.
“Over the past few years, the Nigg Port Facility has become an important site to support the energy transition to renewable energy and is part of the essential national infrastructure needed to support our march towards a net zero economy.
“We have been successful in attracting multi-million pound projects to the local area due to the quality of the facilities we offer, the competence of our local employees, as well as the geographic location we occupy in relation to the sites of offshore wind development. “
He continued, “The East Quay is seen as essential in attracting foreign investment to the region, which is essential if we are to maximize the job creation opportunities linked to the 50-year pipeline of offshore wind projects detailed in the areas of the Crown and Scotland. Government Scotwind leasing round. “