Windfarm proposal

Notification has also been received from ELC Planning department regarding the following:



East Lothian Council have been consulted by Scottish Ministers on an application under Section 36 of the Electricity Act for construction of a windfarm. The proposed development is in the Lammermuir Hills, immediately to the south of the existing Crystal Rig Wind farms. All the of the proposed turbines are within Scottish Borders Council area however the access to the development will make use of the existing tracks to the north, which is within East Lothian.

The applicant is seeking consent for 35 years for 11 wind turbines, ancillary development including transformers, crane pads, tracks and borrow pits, as well as forestry felling. The turbines will be 4 up to 149.9m; 3 at up to 174.5m, and 4 at up to 200m. Aviation lighting is included. Access to the site from the public road network would follow the same route as used for the existing Crystal Rig Wind Farms. The route leaves the A1(T) north of the Innerwick junction in East Lothian and follows minor public roads past Thurston for 4.5 km up to a point midway between Upperhall Farm and Elmscleugh Farm. At this point the route leaves the public highway and continues on a private track adjacent to the 400 kV pylon line southwest wards. The access route then follows the pylon line onto the site.

The application documentation can be viewed at the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit website by:

– clicking on Search tab; then,

– clicking on Simple Search tab; then,

– typing Crystal Rig Wind Farm into Search by Project Name box then clicking on Go; then

– clicking on ECU00000607 and then click on Documents tab.

It is also available to view on the application website at

If you wish to send any comments to me for consideration in compiling East Lothian Council’s response to this application please do so by by October 10th 2018. This will not affect consideration of any comments you have made or do make directly to the Scottish Ministers or the Energy Consents Unit.


Jean Squires

Planning Service: East Lothian Council: John Muir House: HADDINGTON: EH41 3LH

Tel: 01620 827370


Telecoms mast proposal

Tom Gallivan from WHP Telecoms Ltd is carrying out a Prior Consultation regarding a proposed telecoms mast just outside Garvald and advises the following:

This mast is part of the Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) Digital Strategy for Scotland which seeks to facilitate the deployment of 4G LTE infill coverage for areas where this does not yet exist and where it is unlikely that the commercial industry will invest in the near to medium-term future, given the economic challenges of doing so. These areas are often referred to ‘Not Spots’.

You may already appreciate the background to this. Funding has been committed by the Scottish Government and secured from the European Regional Development Fund (‘ERDF’) to support a plan to extend mobile service coverage across communities in otherwise hard-to-reach areas of Scotland or known telecommunication ‘Not-Spots’ where there is a local interest to do so.

WHP have been appointed by Scottish Government to build the new mast network and attract mobile operators to deploy sites in these Not Spots. Consequently, we would like to invite your feedback regarding the proposed mast at Garvald as per the documents below.

Garvald has a lot of transient visitors and a local population who have requested mobile phone coverage.

Scottish Government community consultation is open until the 8th of October 2018:

For this site, however, we are not planning on moving forward until we have full community feedback and I have allowed 4 weeks for this (i.e. until the 30th October). Please let us have any feedback after you have read the documents below.

Many thanks,
Tom Gallivan FRICS (Registered Valuer) WHP Telecoms Ltd

WHP Telecoms Ltd, Office 44, The Bonds, 2 Anderson Place, Edinburgh, EH6 5NP

Privacy: Your information will be used only in the gathering of community opinion about the installation of a telecoms mast in Garvald. Your data will be kept secure according to WHP Telecoms’ Privacy Policy:


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Knitting Night in the Stables – 1st October

On Monday 1st October there will be a Knitting Night – a chance for a knit and a natter as we try to produce a few more poppies for the Centenary Remembrance display.

As 2018 marks the centenary of the end of WW1 there will be a very special Remembrance Day in November. We will be decorating Garvald Church with knitted and crocheted poppies. If you’d like to help, a knitting pattern is attached here and crochet patterns can be found by searching on-line.

The Knitting Night is on Monday 1st October from 7 – 9 pm in the Stables (down by the church). Everyone welcome. Even if you can’t/won’t knit you could come and help attach poppies to the display. Thank you!

Pub Quiz fundraiser – Thank you!

A great big thank you from Conal and Robin to all those who came along to the pub quiz on Friday. Everyone was extremely generous and all those hummingbirds in Costa Rica will benefit! Conal and Robin are off this autumn to volunteer with Raleigh International in Costa Rica and Tanzania.

Community Council Minutes from 20th August now available

The minutes for the Garvald and Morham Community Council meeting on August 20th are now available on the GMCC meetings and minutes page. Items discussed include an update of 20mph speed limit signs, funding allocations, upkeep of play equipment in the park, village hall news and an update from the Haddington and Lammermuir Area Partnership. The next meeting will be held in Garvald village hall on 1st October. All are welcome to attend.

Christmas is coming!

The Christmas Theatre trip is now booking for ‘Wendy and Peter Pan’ at Royal Lyceum Theatre on 15th December at 2pm, suitable for 5+ years. More here:

For families with younger children, we have also reserved a few tickets for  ‘Poggle’ at the Festival Theatre, bus will go there after Lyceum and pick up before returning to Lyceum. Suitable for 6 months – 5 years. More info here

Lyceum cost is £5 per head which must be paid by 31 October.
Actual cost is £30 adult and £20 child at Lyceum.
Children go free to Poggle, please pay for adult places but let me know by email how many children.

Bus transport from Morham and Garvald is included..
The funding is for Morham and Garvald ward residents only.
With thanks to Crystalrig Windfarm Community Benefit Fund.

Queries and details on how to pay:

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Weather Warning: Wednesday 19th September

Please be aware of an Amber Weather Warning from the Met Office, for wind affecting East Lothian between 8am and 5pm on Wed 19th September.

Please take care and ensure garden items are tied down or removed before the expected wind arrives.

Storm Ali is expected to bring a very windy spell of weather with gusts of 65-75 mph inland. What to expect:

  • Flying debris is likely and could lead to Injuries or danger to life
  • Probably some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs or damage through falling trees and branches breaking
  • Longer journey times and cancellations likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected
  • Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • Some roads and bridges likely to close
  • Large waves could affect coastal roads, sea fronts and properties