Public queue at library to view wind farm proposals

The plans for the proposed wind farm between Arbroath and Carnoustie went on display in Carnoustie library on Wednesday mroning. Lindsay McCallum from West Coast Energy shows where the various turbines would be placed are, from left - Malcolm Thoms, Jean Forbes and Ed Oswald.
The plans for the proposed wind farm between Arbroath and Carnoustie went on display in Carnoustie library on Wednesday mroning. Lindsay McCallum from West Coast Energy shows where the various turbines would be placed are, from left - Malcolm Thoms, Jean Forbes and Ed Oswald.

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.

The plans later went 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 what we would like to do.

“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.

One of the groups in Carnoustie that could be set to benefit from any community cash that is generated is the Carnoustie Centre Action Group.

The group are working in conjunction with Angus Council to fund and build a brand new community centre on the site of the old Kinloch Primary School.

Chairman of the group Rodger Brunton was at Tuesday’s event to view the plans and on reflection he said he broadly welcomed the plans.

He explained: “I think on balance it is a great idea although obviously not everyone will agree.

“I personally see nothing wrong with a wind farm, especially if there are spin off benefits.

“Everybody will be able to use the Carnoustie centre once finished both young and old folk and it is in a prime location in the centre of town.

“The main source of funding for it will be through things such as big lottery grants so extra funding would definitely tie in with our plans.”

West Coast Energy will submit their planning application for the wind farm in the autumn.