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CWL delighted to provide £2,500 of funding for local activities and events in Sanquhar - 17th March

Riding of the Marches Association

Community Windpower (CWL) is delighted to be supporting Sanquhar Community Council and the Riding of The Marches Association with community benefit funding of £1,000 from the Company’s proposed Spango Community Wind Farm, and consented Sanquhar Community Wind Farm.

The Riding of the Marches, held from Friday 7th - Sunday 16th August 2015, is an annual boundary marking event with a cavalcade of around 100 led by the Cornet, his Lass and the Ensign. The current festival is now over 100 years old with origins extending much further back in history. The Charter was granted on the 18th of August and the Riding of the Marches event is held on the nearest Saturday to this date. The event hosts the crowning of a Festival Queen, a parade of floats through the town along with sports and games in the afternoon at Lorimer Park. Entertainment at the event includes something for both young and old, including Flyin’ Ryan motorcycle display team, Circus Jim, Owl Magic, a Pipe Band competition, side shows, stalls, tombola, children’s rides, and hot food.

CWL have also donated £1,500 to Sanquhar Community Council to assist with their Community Survey. The survey aims to assist communities in the area to identify key local issues and to aid service providers to better target resources.

Norman Burns, (Vice-Chair of Royal Burgh of Sanquhar and District Community Council) stated “The Royal Burgh of Sanquhar and District Community Council are proud to work with Community Windpower and it is great that they are able to support two local events. The donation of £1,000 for the Riding of the Marches Association will make a huge difference this year to ensure the all local people and many visitors receive a warm welcome and enjoy the many events provided by the committee and this donation ensures all the events are free.

The £1,500 donated to the Community Council will ensure the finished booklet from the Community survey will have a high profile launch and we hope will be a useful tool for any local group to assist with drawing down funding for future years. The survey booklet will also map out what the Community Council and people of the Royal Burgh expect from any wind farm benefit received in the community, this will ensure a vibrant community, ensure we have more apprentices, create jobs, encourage training for work placements, better transport and support our small businesses.”

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Both of these events have been supported by CWL through community benefit funding from our consented and proposed wind farm schemes in the Sanquhar area. This funding  has already provided £400 for a local Business Breakfast meeting at Sanquhar Academy, £1,500 for a local pipe band competition, several educational school trips to the Dalry Community Wind Farm and classroom presentations.

Once operational, Sanquhar Community Wind Farm will provide annual community benenfit funding of £5,000 per MW for the lifetime of the wind farm, which could equate to over £120,000 per year. This would be further increased if the proposed Spango Community Wind Farm was granted planning planning consent later this year adding a further £245,000 per year for the host communities.

CWL are also pleased to be a Partner Member of the Dumfries and Galloway Renewable Energy Partnership (DG_REP) and are working alongside several other organisations. The DG-REP, formed in March 2013, is made up of public and private sector organisations from across the region, involved or interested in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The vision of the DG-REP is to secure the maximum economic and employment gains from the development of the renewable energy sector for the benefit of the region and its communities.

Community Windpower look forward to continue working with and supporting local groups and projects as a result of the community benefits from our local wind farm projects. 

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