About CONCH

We are campaigning to prevent:

the devastation of the local environment including important bird habitats and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

adverse impact on public health from waste products which will include at least 400,000 tonnes of fly ash, 45,000 tonnes of bottom ash and 220,000 tonnes of gypsum per year

an unnecessary and damaging increase in Scotland’s CO2emissions which will contribute towards climate change

Just Say No! (pdf)

CONCH, Communities Opposed to New Coal at Hunterston, was formed in July 2009. We are a voluntary, independent, community-led campaign against the proposed building of a £2bn coal-fired power station at Hunterston in North Ayrshire, southwest Scotland.

We have no vested commercial interests and no party political affiliations.

CONCH gives a platform for people concerned about the proposed coal station at Hunterston to come together and speak with a stronger voice. CONCH’s members primarily come from Largs, Fairlie and West Kilbride, but we have active members and supporters from across Scotland and beyond. In contrast to Ayrshire Power we are not backed by a billionaire tax-exile, do not have massive PR and marketing resources and are reliant entirely on volunteers from within the community to carry out our activities.

CONCH have been meeting over the last two years to discuss Ayrshire Power’s plans, research their implications and discuss our common concerns. Also, unlike Ayrshire Power, we have held two large-scale public meetings. The first was held in July 2009 and saw the launch of our campaign; the second, held in June 2010 was attended by over 160 people and supported by environmental groups from across Scotland.