Community invited to discuss revised plans for East Ayrshire wind farm

July 1, 2019 | Community News

Pictured above: Jeannie Kielty, community relations manager, The Banks Group at the recently constructed Kype Muir wind farm, in February 2019

Members of the local community are being invited to learn more about proposals to optimise the electrical generating efficiency of an East Ayrshire wind farm.

Hamilton-based Banks Renewables is hosting a community exhibition at New Cumnock Town Hall, KA18 4AN, between 2.30 and 6.30pm on Tuesday 2 July 2019 to allow residents to discuss the employer’s amended plans for Lethans Wind Farm.

Situated east of New Cumnock, the site was originally approved by the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit in March 2018 following permission from East Ayrshire Council planning committee.

The amended proposal looks to enhance the electrical generating efficiency of the site in order to supply an estimated 105.6MW of energy to the National Grid – enough to power over 90,000 homes.*

Jeannie Kielty, community relations manager at Banks Renewables, said: “We’re very pleased to offer members of the public the opportunity to consider our revised plans for Lethans and provide any feedback they may have.

“Our commitment to delivering real, long-lasting benefits to the local community has been of paramount importance throughout the site’s development and the exhibition will allow us the chance to outline those benefits.”

Residents who are not able to attend are invited to join the exhibition via an online webinar at https://www.banksgroup.co.uk/Lethans-Webinar

Jeannie added “It was always important to us that the exhibition be accessible to all, which is why we’re inviting members of the community who can’t make it along – perhaps due to work commitments or mobility issues – to join us online.”

In line with its Connect2Renewables initiative, Banks hopes to create upwards of 130 direct jobs during the site’s construction, as well as prioritise local companies, wherever possible, for the construction contracts.

The firm is also offering the community the opportunity to purchase a stake in the project at a discounted rate, presenting an opportunity for long lasting, positive benefits for the local area.

Banks Renewables is committed to clean energy and its promotion. They are equally driven to ensure that their projects deliver lasting social, economic and environmental benefits to the communities in which they operate.

* Calculated using the Government’s (BEIS’s) / industry standard approved methodology

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