Bairds’ green plan laid out to public

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An Arbroath malting plant welcomed residents to an open doors information event relating to an onsite wind turbine proposal.

Around 70 people visited Bairds Malt on the Elliot Industrial Estate at the beginning of July to get more information about their plans to erect a medium sized single turbine as part of the company’s continued efforts to be green.

On July 3 and 4 a marquee was erected at the plant entrance containing information about the company and the project and Bairds Malt’s production and technical director Dr Richard Broadbent and Kilmac Energy’s director Derek Ross were on hand to answer questions.

The proposed single turbine would be situated on the south­east corner of their site with a height of 55 metres to its hub and 77 metres to tip and it will be partially screened by the existing buildings.

Dr Broadbent was pleased with the response from the event. He said: “We would like to thank all the local residents and interested members of the public for taking the time to visit Bairds Malt to learn more about our proposal for a single medium­sized turbine at the plant.

“We were very pleased at the level of turnout and we hope the high level of detail available provides local residents with a good understanding of our proposals and the importance of it for the future of the business.

“Good communication is key and it is only right that we update our neighbours regarding our plans from the outset. It is important to Bairds Malt and Kilmac to meet and speak with residents to let them learn more about our proposals and allow us to listen to their views before we submit a planning application.”

It is expected the planning application will be submitted to Angus Council in the autumn.