Berwickshire safety trust receives lifeline

November 1, 2012 | Quixwood Moor News

Banks Renewables has made a donation to the Eyemouth Beach Trust to help improve safety at Eyemouth Beach following a local appeal.

We helped the Trust to buy public rescue equipment after local residents expressed concerns over the lack of lifebelts in the area after a teenager was seriously injured after being swept out to sea.

Brian Judd, a founding member of The Eyemouth Beach Trust – which was set up with the aim of improving safety along the beach is delighted with the donation which provided for three lifebelts.

Brian said: “We are extremely grateful to receive the generous donation from Banks Renewables, which will help us improve safety in the area.

“When we set up the trust our aims were to promote beach safety, improve the beach environment and support victims of seaside accidents at the time there was no public rescue equipment on Eyemouth beach.

“Public rescue equipment is key to our fight to make the area as safe as possible for residents and members of the public alike and ensure that we are prepared if accidents happen.

“The lifebelts donated by Banks have filled a gap in the provision of public rescue equipment, especially during the busy summer season when young children were playing on the beach. They will continue to fulfil this function in other areas such as the harbour and will be extremely useful during practice rescues.

“We rely on support from companies such as Banks Renewables to raise funds, which will not only buy safety equipment, but will also help train volunteers and educate people.”

The Eyemouth Beach Trust was set up in August 2012 by Brian Judd, Milgue Marshall and Walter Hay with the aid of the Eyemouth community and since then has helped secure an additional six lifebelts along Eyemouth Beach.

Earlier this year we submitted a planning application to Scottish Borders Council for a 14 turbine wind farm at Quixwood Moor between Grantshouse and Abbey St Bathans in Berwickshire.

The project could generate up to 32.3MW of energy, enough to meet the annual energy needs of 19,400 homes and would displace 54,200 tonnes of CO2 annually from the atmosphere that would otherwise be released if the electricity was generated using fossil fuel powered electricity generation.

Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables said: “As part of our Development with Care policy we regularly identify local community groups and voluntary organisations in the vicinity of our renewable energy developments that we can support.

“Supporting organisations such as The Eyemouth Beach Trust is fundamental to everything we do and just one way in which we ensure that local families and businesses see real, long lasting benefits from our work in their area.

“We are delighted that we are able to assist The Eyemouth Beach Trust in the worthwhile work they carry out to help improve the quality of beach safety in the area.”

Power generated by wind farms will help Scotland continue to enjoy the constant, reliable energy supply modern life demands – and such wind farms have already reduced the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels imported from unstable overseas markets.

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