Community groups express interest in wind farm

The pland for the wind farm were unveiled in Angus College on Tuesday. Pictured are, from left - Sam Crosby, Pat Miller, Steven Salt planning director and Rodger Brunton.
The pland for the wind farm were unveiled in Angus College on Tuesday. Pictured are, from left - Sam Crosby, Pat Miller, Steven Salt planning director and Rodger Brunton.

COMMUNITY leaders were invited to a special preview event detailing the proposals for the £21 million wind farm between Arbroath and Carnoustie on Tuesday in Angus College.

Seven turbines are planned for the site adjacent to the Hatton water treatment works and it is hoped the farm, which will produce enough electricity to power 10,000 homes will plough £4.2 million into the town’s economies.

One of the turbines will be dedicated to the local communities of Arbroath and Carnoustie and the net revenue from the turbine will be donated to local projects.

At Angus College on Tuesday, members of groups from both towns were invited to look at the proposals and gauge how the community could benefit.

This was prior to the plans going on public display in the college and at Arbirlot Church hall and Carnoustie Library on Wednesday.

Planning and development director, Stephen Salt from West Coast Energy, the company behind the wind farm plans, was on hand at the event to address any issues or concerns local residents may have.

And he believes they have had a positive response since the plans were announced earlier in the month.

He explained: “After doing the formal launch a few weeks ago, this now gives us the opportunity to explain things to the community on what we would like to do.

“We are pleased with the response so far and appreciate the feedback as we haven’t yet made a planning application.

“We want to involve all of the community groups in Arbroath and Carnoustie but we will need to explain the proposals in more detail.”

In order for both towns to benefit from the community turbine, a working group would have to be set up representing all bodies interested in receiving a slice of the cash.

West Coast Energy say this group will be chaired independently and are keen to get as many people on the group as possible.

It is estimated that up to £75,000 could become available in the first year after the turbine is completed.

Chairman of Arbroath Community Council, Patricia Millar attended the preview event and said the wind farm and community turbine is definitely something they would be discussing at the council’s meeting next month.

She added: “It is still early days and obviously there are still a lot of people we need to speak to.

“We need to sit down at our meeting in August and come to a conclusion on how involved we want to be.

“Personally, I can see benefits from this for both communities as well as the need to look into alternative energy forms that we will have to leave for future generations.”

West Coast Energy are to submit a planning application for the wind farm in the autumn.