Roundtable meeting discusses wind towers factory’s future

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Argyll and Bute’s constituency MSP has hosted a meeting to discuss the future of the wind towers factory at Machrihanish Airbase Community Company (MACC) Business Park.

Following the news that current owner CS Wind (UK) has gone into administration, Jenni Minto MSP invited a number of stakeholders to last Thursday’s meeting in Campbeltown Town Hall.

Representatives included Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Argyll and Bute Council, MACC and Unite the Union as well as local councillors and a former CS Wind (UK) employee.

After the meeting, Ms Minto said: ‘This whole situation has been extremely disappointing and the damage done to the local economy in Campbeltown and Kintyre cannot be understated.

‘It was clear at the meeting that as angry as everyone is, there is an understanding that we now need to keep a firm focus on the future and work in any way we can to ensure the future of this site is one which brings long-term employment and prosperity to the area.

‘I will be reporting to back to Ivan McKee, Scottish Government minister for business, trade, tourism and enterprise, and will continue to work closely with all stakeholders.’

Charlie MacDonald, regional officer at Unite the Union, added: ‘Unite welcomes a positive strategy and way forward for getting employment back to Campbeltown.

‘If governments are serious about green energy there is no better facilities than here.’

Councillor John Armour said: ‘I think the meeting was helpful and hopefully with all agencies pulling together a future for the facility can be achieved.’

Councillor Rory Colville added: ‘Obviously we have to wait for the administration process to be concluded, however, I found the meeting constructive with an aspiration from all that the site is brought back into a sustainable use as soon as possible.’

Councillor Donald Kelly, who wasn’t able to attend the meeting, said: ‘I will support any initiative to attract a new company to the wind towers factory site.

‘However, in order for any business to gain the confidence of the wider community, it will require to demonstrate that it is capable of providing continuity of employment.

‘The boom and bust of the past has created great scepticism among many people regarding the long-term financial viability of producing wind towers in Kintyre.’