Wind farm forum needs a chair

THE COMPANY behind plans to bring a £21 million wind farm to land between Arbroath and Carnoustie is appealing for a chair to run their community liaison forum, writes Jennifer Newton.

As part of the Corse Hill Wind Farm, one of the seven turbines would be dedicated to the communities of both towns, with all money made from the turbine being ploughed into local organisations.

The aim of the community forum will be to provide a means by which local people can discuss, suggest and consult with West Coast Energy on the community benefit funds that would be generated from the proposed Corse Hill Wind Farm’s community turbine, should the project be given consent.

To facilitate the forum, the community groups involved need to elect an independent chair, whose role would be to assure the smooth running of a number of meetings over a six-month period after the planning application has been submitted.

West Coast Energy has opened nominations for the role of chair of the Corse Hill community liaison forum up to the public, and has invited anyone who is interested, or who knows someone who might fit the bill, to come forward.

The deadline for nominations is today (Friday) at 5 p.m., and West Coast Energy will be working directly with Mai Hearne from Angus Association of Voluntary Organisations to lead the process of appointing the chair, but the liaison forum itself will have the final say.

All nominations should be sent to Sarah Wright on 0131 220 0159 or at sarah.wright@invictapa.co.uk.

It is hoped that a planning application for the site will be submitted very soon and Steve Salt, planning and development director of West Coast Energy, is keen to get the forum up and running as soon as possible.

He said: “We are really pleased that the communities surrounding the planned Corse Hill wind farm have decided they would like to proceed with setting up their own independent forum, which will allow them to collectively decide how any potential community benefit resulting from the wind farm can be put to best use should the wind farm receive planning consent.”