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Library error halts wind inquiry

Wind turbine
The inquiry had to be stopped after the mistake emerged

A wind farm public inquiry has been halted after it emerged that documents for public inspection had been put on display in the wrong library.

The error came to light four days into the hearing on plans for 22 turbines at Drone Hill in the Scottish Borders.

A member of the public pointed out the papers had been held in Duns library when they should have been in Eyemouth.

The inquiry - which has already cost about 20,000 - was immediately halted and a new date set for 30 September.

Eight days were set aside for the hearing at Coldingham Village Hall after PM Renewables appealed against Scottish Borders Council's rejection of its plans.

However, when it emerged that the public documents had been placed 12 miles away from their agreed location proceedings had to be stopped.

'Mistake happened'

SBC could not confirm whether it would result in any additional costs.

A statement said: "Supporting documents relating to this inquiry were deposited in Duns library rather than Eyemouth library - which had been the location agreed at a pre-enquiry meeting.

"It is unclear at this stage how the mistake happened but we will be looking into this."

The council said that it had received no communication from anyone who had been unable to access the documents.

It added that the inquiry had now been adjourned for five weeks in order to provide people with the "best opportunity to assess this information".


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