Wind farm exhibition

The second of two public exhibitions to allow local people to view and comment on the Carrach Wind Farm proposals will take place at Kirriemuir Town Hall on Wednesday, April 20 between 2 and 8 pm.

The exhibitions are being held in advance of the planning application being lodged with Angus Council.

The exhibition will allow people to discuss the project with the local landowners proposing the scheme and with technical experts who have worked on the design of the project.

Information about what the wind farm would look like, the infrastructure that would be needed to support it and the work that has been carried out to address potential environmental and other issues will also be available.

Separately there will also be information about the proposed community benefit fund that will rise to at least £40,000 per year to be shared with local communities should the project get the go-ahead.

Feedback on options to develop a community trust to disperse the funds will be sought, as well as suggestions for spending priorities in the local area.

Speaking on behalf of the partnership Alistair Lang, one of the co-founders said: “We enjoyed speaking to people with a wide range of views about the project in Kingoldrum a few weeks ago and are now keen to hear from the Kirriemuir side.

“People living in Kirriemuir would have a connection with the wind farm so we think it is important that there is the opportunity to see the project details, ask questions and feedback views before the proposal enters the planning system.

“We want community groups in Kirriemuir to financially benefit alongside those in the immediate vicinity of the wind farm, but we will need the support of people from both areas to make that happen.

“We are hoping that people will come along next week with ideas for how the money could be spent in the town. We would also be very interested to hear from those who would like to get involved in a body to help administer the fund locally.”

For those who can’t make the event the website www.carrachwindfarm.co.uk provides information and a feedback form.

Refreshments will be available at the Kirriemuir event.

Following the Kingoldrum meeting fears were expressed by Kingoldrum resident Geoff Hobson about the height of the turbines in comparison to the previous plans for a wind farm on Mile Hill.

However, those behind the Carrach wind farm state it will use ten 800kW turbines of a maximum height of 84 meters to the tip of the blades, which is 16 meters smaller than turbines previously proposed for the Mile Hill wind farm.

The capacity of Carrach Wind Farm is 8 MW, described as a small to medium scale project.

The nearby Drumderg wind farm near Alyth is 37 MW.