Community groups discuss wind farm benefits

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COMMUNITY groups from both Arbroath and Carnoustie met on Wednesday night to discuss the ways they could benefit from the planned £21 million wind farm at Hatton.

The developers, West Coast Energy, propose to install seven wind turbines, with one of the turbines dedicated to the community.

This means any profit made from the turbine will be ploughed back into community groups in the local area.

At the meeting at Angus College, community leaders from both Arbroath and Carnoustie as well as Easthaven and Arbirlot, discussed how the community turbine would work and how the benefits could be shared out.

And they agreed that a community liaison forum should be set up so as many organisations in all the areas can be involved in the decision making.

In addition they also decided that an independent person be appointed to chair the liaison group.

Now organisations such as Arbroath and Carnoustie community councils will be contacting groups in the area to see if they would like to be involved in the project and stand to benefit from the community turbine.

They will report back at another meeting which will be held sometime next month.

West Coast Energy hope to submit a planning application to Angus Council for the wind farm next month and say they had a positive response to their recent public exhibitions.