Public consultation will take place on wind farm plans

THE COMPANY behind plans to bring a £21 million wind farm to the area has announced two days of public exhibitions so local residents can look at the proposals.

It was revealed last week that West Coast Energy plan to create seven turbines halfway between Arbroath and Carnoustie near to Hatton at Corse Hill.

It is thought the facility could be worth £4.2 million to the local economy and could provide enough electricity to power 10,000 homes.

West Coast Energy have already outlined their plans to key community members and now they are giving the public the chance to have their say.

On Tuesday, July 19, the plans will be on display in the Esk Building at Angus College from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Then on Wednesday, July 20, the proposals will be first stopping off at Carnoustie Library between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. before moving on to Arbirlot Church hall from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Samantha Crosby, the project manager for the proposed Corse Hill wind farm says the company is eager to start a dialogue with the local community.

She explained: “We are pleased to announce our public exhibitions for our proposed wind farm at Corse Hill. We met with community representatives in late June, and welcomed the opportunity to show them our plans and hear their feedback.

“We would now like to invite members of the public who would like to find out more about both us as a company, and our proposals for Corse Hill, to attend our exhibitions in July.

“As with all our wind farm developments, West Coast Energy will be looking to create a purposeful and effective dialogue with the local community at an early stage in the pre application process in order that the community view is taken into account as the proposals move forward to planning submission in the autumn of this year. We look forward to meeting the local community on July 19 and 20.”

If a planning application is approved by Angus Council, the wind farm will be located near the waste water plant at Hatton in between the main A92 and the east coast main railway line.

The seven turbines would be 126 metres in height and the company announced last week that one turbine would be donated to the local community.

This means any revenue made from the turbine would be donated to community projects and the company is currently seeking local partners to work with should the farm be granted planning permission.