Communities to have their say on windfall

Wind turbines
Wind turbines

Residents are to decide how best to invest their share of the community benefits they will receive from existing and proposed windfarms.

It is anticipated that Quixwood Windfarm alone could generate over £2m in the next 25 years, in addition to funds available from other consented or operational windfarm developments, should they go ahead as planned.

An extensive consultation will be carried out to establish a shared vision on how to best utilise the money received from these commercial wind farm developments. The process is being lead jointly by Grantshouse Community Council and Abbey St Bathans, Bonkyll and Preston Community Council.

David Morrison, chairperson of the Abbey St Bathans, Preston and Bonkyl Community Council said: “We want to work together to ensure we are able to maximise this benefit for local people. Our aim is to consult with and engage residents in a vision for the future and develop Community Action Plans giving each community a clear, strategic and democratic way forward. Individual plans will reflect the different needs of our two communities.

“The project aims to create community action plans for each community which can be used to inform how windfarm funds, and other available funding sources, might be used in the future, to provide opportunities for people to get together and to raise awareness of resources available.”

As well as community gatherings, a survey will be dropped into all homes across the two community council areas to collect suggestions, ideas and priorities.

The consultation starts with a series of events called ‘Friends, Food, and Future’: Grantshouse and Houndwood – Dinner with catering by Angela Robertson accompanied by some good wine and music in Grantshouse village hall, 7pm for 7.30pm on Friday, October 3.

Preston – Lamb roast, music and bar at Preston Village Hall, Sunday, October 19, 1pm.

Abbey St Bathans – Lamb roast, music and bar at Abbey St Bathans Village Hall, Friday, October 24, 6.30pm.

To get a copy of the survey call 01506 862227.