Greenlaw promised funds for a 3G pitch

Billy Smillie (left) and Alan Foster (right) with Paul Beale from TIC renewables who will donate �150,000 to Greenlaw FC to build a 3G pitch if windfarm plans go ahead
Billy Smillie (left) and Alan Foster (right) with Paul Beale from TIC renewables who will donate �150,000 to Greenlaw FC to build a 3G pitch if windfarm plans go ahead

Greenlaw Football Club could be installing a new artificial pitch if a prospective windfarm at Rumbletonrig is given the go-ahead.

As part of an agreement signed this week by the football club and TCI Renewables, the windfarm developers will donate £150,000 towards the costs of a 3G pitch should the nine turbines be approved when a planning application is submitted towards the end of the year.

The contribution to the football club is over and above the six per cent share of the profits already offered to the community.

TCI representatives are meeting Greenlaw and 
Hume Community Council on a regular basis to establish how the community fund of around £4 million can be put to best use over the 25- year lifespan of the windfarm.

Greenlaw Football Club hope the money would help fulfil their ambition to establish a Berwickshire centre of football.

Club vice chairman Billie Smillie said: ““We are delighted to sign this Memorandum of Understanding with TCI Renewables.

“There is much we can achieve with what we have already, but in order for the club to fully realise its potential a 3G pitch allows us to take this ambition forward.

“The pitch will also be available for other community uses and save us considerable sums of money, as we currently have to pay to use facilities in Duns.”

TCI Renewables was given planning permission last month to put up a wind measuring mast at Rumbletonrig.

An impact assessment and scoping response has been completed and they are working towards a second public engagement event in September.

When they have feedback from that it is expected that application will be submitted to Scottish Borders Council for planning consent. Paul Beale, project manager for TCI Renewables, said: “We are highly impressed with the role that Greenlaw Football Club plays in the local area.

“As a developer we have 
always made clear our desire that the local community should be given the opportunity to benefit significantly from Rumbletonrig Wind Farm by participating in its success and are delighted to be delivering on this.”

“We also hope to be able to shortly announce proposals for local youth employment schemes.”