Council / Call for independent monitoring of Viking construction work

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A GROUP opposing the construction of the Viking Energy wind farm in Shetland’s central mainland is calling on the authorities to put into place an independent monitoring programme.

Save Shetland, which describes itself as an informal group, says it see its role in holding the developer to account “for any failures in their environmental protection duties”.

A spokesman for the group said the petition has been launched as a result of observations from the general public that measures taken by Viking Energy and main contracture RJ Macleod do not appear to be adequate for the Shetland climate and geography.

The group said the online petition, launched last week, received 250 signatures in the 24 hours.

Shetland Islands Council, the local planning authority, said an independent monitoring officer from engineering company Ramboll UK Limited is employed by Viking Energy Wind Farm LLP to help it monitor the project’s compliance with the terms of the various conditions in place.