Positive response to wind farm plans

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THE COMPANY behind plans to build a seven turbine wind farm between Arbroath and Carnoustie say they are pleased with the response they have received from the public.

Plans for the project by West Coast Energy, which could inject £4.2 million into the local economy, went on display last week and were viewed by over 130 people.

The two-day exhibition, which visited Angus College, Carnoustie Library and Arbirlot Village Hall, saw people encouraged to fill in a public opinion survey asking their views on the proposed £21 million farm at Hatton.

And West Coast Energy say that out of the 74 surveys that were returned, over two thirds of people expressed support for the proposal.

Manager of the project, which is to be known as Corse Hill Wind Farm, Samantha Crosby said the company was more than happy with the response.

She added: “West Coast Energy are delighted with the level of support that has been demonstrated for the proposed Corse Hill Wind Farm by the community in Angus.

“The turnout at our exhibitions was good and we were also encouraged by high levels of support for the proposed community turbine.

“Seven out of every eight local residents that completed our survey stated that they would be in favour of a community turbine at Corse Hill.”

As part of the proposal, one of the seven turbines will be dedicated to the communities of Arbroath and Carnoustie and once the site is up and running, any net revenue made from the turbine will be ploughed back into local community groups.

Already several organisations in both towns have expressed an interest in the community turbine which could be worth £75,000 per year.

And now West Coast Energy is moving forward with the plans. They aim to set up a working group to decide which groups should be involved in the process.

Mrs Crosby added: “We will establish a community liaison forum to facilitate discussions between residents, interested community groups and members of the public who wish to be kept updated on the proposals for Corse Hill Wind Farm.

“The forum will also discuss how best to move forward in order to deliver the community turbine proposal, should the wind farm scheme be approved.

“We will be convening a meeting of the community liaison forum in due course and will be inviting groups and individuals along who have declared an interest in being part of this process.

“If you feel that you would like to be part of this forum, and have not previously declared an interest, please contact the West Coast Energy team.”

Anybody interested can contact West Coast Energy at Sarah.wright@invictapa.co.uk or on 0131 220 0159.