Options dicussed for wind farm

THE WIND farm community benefit forum has unanimously voted to establish a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) to receive, manage and distribute community benefit funds from the Corse Hill wind farm, should the project be granted planning permission.

The community turbine offered by West Coast Energy as part of the proposed seven-turbine wind farm could generate community benefit funds of over £52,500 each year at the outset, rising significantly over time when the costs associated with the development have been paid off.

The development would be located approximately 3km east of Carnoustie, 2.5km west of Arbroath and 2km south-west of Arbirlot and would have a totalled installed capacity of up to 17.5MW.

The Corse Hill community benefit forum gives local communities the opportunity to discuss the community benefit package offered by West Coast Energy.

Mai Hearne, chief officer of the Angus Association of Voluntary Organisations (AAVO), attended the recent meeting to provide expert advice on both SCIOs and companies limited by guarantee: the two options that the Forum had decided at its last meeting to consider further.

The group favoured the SCIO option and Mai’s experience was invaluable in addressing any queries about the remit and obligations of this type of organisation.

The forum also agreed that there would be a two-tiered structure comprised of membership

and trustees.

To ensure an even balance of representation, there will be two trustees appointed by each of the Carnoustie, Arbroath and rural communities.

The next meeting of the community benefit forum will take place on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. at Angus College.