Trust call to action over Stronelairg legal costs
Action now closed:- Trust calls for supporters to put pressure on Scottish Government and SSE by urging them not to seek costs
Following the end of our legal challenge against the giant Stronelairg wind farm we are calling for supporters to put pressure on the Scottish Government and power firm SSE by writing letters calling for them not to seek costs against the Trust.
On 22 July 2016 the Inner House of the Court of Session upheld an appeal by Scottish Ministers and Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) against the ruling late last year on our judicial review. This had halted the Stronelairg wind farm in the Monadhliath Mountains near Inverness.
We are incredibly disappointed that the ruling has been overturned. However, we are confident that we did the right thing by challenging this decision – standing up against a scheme that could industrialise and decimate a precious area of wild Scotland.
The final costs of this campaign will not be decided by the courts for a few months. The December ruling made it clear that we had taken the action for the public good, and the fact that the Trust won in the first round of the legal process shows that this was a case that had merit. In the subsequent Appeal, the court found against the Trust. However, many people would think it unreasonable that a charity which had taken the case to protect the environment should have to pay costs for a full legal team - not only for the Scottish Government but also for one of the big six energy companies, Scottish and Southern Energy.
This is a David and Goliath situation and the Scottish Government’s reputation would only be enhanced by not claiming costs from the Trust. In the same way, Scottish and Southern Energy could demonstrate that they accept there is a legitimate role for environmental organisations in the planning process.
Call to action now closed - thank you for your support