April 18, 2011 | Community News
People living in the communities surrounding a new South Yorkshire wind farm development are being invited to be part of a community liaison committee that will help to keep local people informed about the scheme’s progress.
Banks Renewables, part of The Banks Group, is currently constructing the Hazlehead wind farm on land between the villages of Crow Edge and Carlecotes, around seven miles to the west of the M1 to the west of Barnsley.As part of its commitment to ensuring local people have a say in the scheme’s operation, Banks is now looking to form a community liaison panel made up of people from the area, which will meet every few months to get the latest information on the scheme and to feed back any comments or queries from local people about it.
A community benefits sub group will also be formed from the panel members, which will help to review and agree on the local organisations and good causes that will receive funding from the community benefits fund that is part of the wind farm’s operations.
When fully operational, the three-turbine scheme will generate up to 7 megawatts of renewable electricity.
Construction work is scheduled to take around nine months, with the scheme expected to be fully operational by the end of the year.
Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at The Banks Group, says: “Banks is committed to ensuring that we take every care in the development of the Hazlehead scheme, and the formation of the community liaison committee provides a valuable forum for engagement with local people where we can ensure that they are kept up-to-date on progress with the wind farm and local people can raise any matters with our project team.
“The community fund associated with this project is designed to ensure that Banks’ presence in the area has a long-lasting positive impact, and the knowledge that local panel members will bring will provide invaluable help when they decide on the projects and new facilities that should be supported by the fund.
“Our community liaison committees panels have proved very successful at other schemes that we have developed, and we hope to get the local community involved.”
Anyone interested in being part of the Hazlehead community liaison panel should email firstname.lastname@example.org