Feedback sought on community partnership proposal

March 6, 2013 | Community News

 

We are inviting local communities in Dumfries and Galloway to attend three exhibitions in March to discuss the idea of a community partnership in a proposed wind farm between Twynholm and Gatehouse of Fleet.

We are encouraging those living and working in the area to come along and find out about the proposed Knockendurrick Wind Farm and the opportunity for the surrounding communities to participate in the project. 

Exhibitions on Monday 18 March at Twynholm Village Hall, Tuesday 19 March at Kirkcudbright Town Hall and Thursday 21 March at Gateshouse of Fleet Community Centre, all from 3pm -7pm.

The idea for the community partnership has been developed over the last year or so and is a direct result of feedback received at meetings held with local community groups and businesses, interested individuals, the community councils as well as Dumfries and Galloway Council.

The proposed partnership offers the communities a stake in the wind farm, with the option to increase this stake by way of a community purchase following commissioning of the wind farm.

One idea put forward is that the annual community revenues could then support long term community development plans that include and can deliver projects and local initiatives that the communities themselves have agreed are their priorities.

Colin Anderson, development director at Banks Renewables, said: “We will be announcing the dates shortly for three community exhibitions to discuss the Knockendurrick community partnership proposal. These will be held in Twynholm, Kirkcudbright and Gatehouse of Fleet.

“We are excited by the opportunity this project has created for both Banks Renewables and the local communities to make a meaningful contribution to a more sustainable future.

“Some of the local communities have already, or are currently developing local sustainability action plans for their areas and are seeking to develop community energy projects, with a lot of support from Dumfries and Galloway Council.

“This is really fantastic and confirms the enthusiasm that exists in Dumfries and Galloway as a whole for renewable energy and the drive to reduce our impact on the environment as individuals, communities and at a national level.

“We hope to be able to support these existing initiatives as well as providing the opportunity for all the surrounding communities to make the Knockendurrick project part of their future plans.

“We now want to hear from as many people as we can about what they think about the idea and we can then agree a way forward with the community councils and other interested parties.”

We have extensive experience of working with communities across Scotland to successfully design and deliver major energy and property and regeneration schemes; making a positive impact on the environment, the economy and the life’s of local people.

Equivalent projects from us are set to result in the creation of jobs and training initiatives, provision of community infrastructure, delivery of major environmental projects and direct funding into community groups.

Knockendurrick has the potential to accommodate up to 10 turbines, with a capacity of up to 34MW. A scoping report is being submitted to Dumfries and Galloway Council this month.

A wind monitoring mast application was recently submitted to the Council and if approved will allow data to be gathered that will help provide accurate information to the communities about the project, as well as ensuring the design can be sensitively developed.

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