Public give their views on Blackmains wind farm

THERE was a sizeable turnout of residents to open days hosted by Dunfermline-based ENERTRAG Ltd last week, designed to educate them on the firm’s proposals for a wind farm at Blackmains.

Located on an area of farmland north-west of the village of Ayton and north-east of the village of Reston, the current proposal comprises seven turbines with a potential combined installed capacity of 21 megawatts and the capability to generate 55 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity per year – enough to power more than 10,000 homes.

In total, more than 100 members of the public attended the three events, which were hosted on successive days last week in Ayton, Coldingham and Reston village halls.

Those attending the events took the opportunity to view a display of the proposal, to discuss the project with members of the project team and to give their feedback.

There is still an opportunity for residents to submit feedback, with a deadline of Friday, October 28, for all responses.

Feedback forms can be requested directly from ENERTRAG Ltd. by telephoning 0845 270 3631 or emailing enquiries@blackmainswindfarm.com

ENERTRAG Ltd say they will review all of the feedback received to determine how specific points can be addressed as the proposal is developed.

The company plans to host a further series of community events early next year where it will be in a position to provide more information about the results of detailed site surveys currently being carried out.

Subject to the results of these surveys, it is anticipated that a planning application will not be submitted earlier than mid-2012.

Project manager Carolynne Sutherland commented: “We are pleased that a good number of local people took the opportunity to come along to the events to find out more about the Blackmains Wind Farm proposal.

“We heard a wide range of views about the proposal, and a number of specific questions and concerns were raised – as well as some practical suggestions about the local issues we should take account of as we carry out detailed survey work on the site.

“A number of really interesting suggestions were also put forward about the creation of a community benefit fund and the types of projects the local community would like to see supported.

“Overall, there was a really useful exchange of information over the three days.

“We are now in the process of reviewing all of the specific points which were raised to see how these can be taken into account as the proposal is assessed and investigated.”