Windfarm workshop

A WORKSHOP will investigate options for spending over £36,000 per year in the Kirriemuir area from a wind farm community fund.

The proposed Carrach Wind Farm, which is currently in planning, would see the establishment of a community fund to support charitable initiatives across the wider Kirriemuir area rising to at least £36k a year. The fund would last for the lifespan of the project, estimated to be 25 years. The workshop will explore options for distributing the funds by drawing on the experience of Alyth where a successful community fund already operates connected with the Drumderg Wind Farm.

Interested individuals and representatives of local organisations are very welcome to attend the evening workshop which will be held on Wednesday, August 3 at 7.30pm at the Glens & Kirriemuir Old Parish Church in Kirriemuir. Please contact Mark Ruskell to register at mark.ruskell@realiserenewables.com

Speaking on behalf of the partnership of local landowners behind the project, Alistair Lang, said: “There was a lot of interest in the proposed community fund at the public exhibitions we held recently. Local people identified a wide range of needs that the money could be spent on from better facilities for the youth and older people, through to improvements to village hall facilities and home energy projects that can save people money while cutting carbon.

“Now we’d like to explore how a fund could serve the needs of the area and learn from experiences elsewhere. Being a locally owned project it has always been one of our ambitions to create a lasting legacy from the Carrach Wind Farm for the communities around Kingoldrum, Lintrathen and Kirriemuir should the project come through planning.

“We see this as the first step on the path to achieving that.”