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Public exhibitions for Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm on hold

Community Windpower

Due to the government restrictions imposed due to COVID-19, Community Windpower will unfortunately not be hosting a series of scheduled public exhibitions to present plans for its proposed Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm.

Four events were due to take place in Moffat, Johnstonebridge, Boreland and Wamphray, from Tuesday 31st March until Thursday 2nd April, but they have been postponed indefinitely.

The key information to have been shared at the exhibitions will however be made available, prior to the application being submitted, on the Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm website and through Community Councils.

Senior projects manager, Steve Milburn, who is leading the project, said: “The decision to postpone the public exhibitions has been taken following Government advice.

“We acknowledge that holding open public exhibitions is not safe for our host communities and our staff, however we are continuing to look at innovative ways of delivering the information to everyone.

“We’ve already taken on board many of the comments provided by statutory consultees and local communities, including those made during the constructive meetings with representatives from six local community councils during February and March this year.

“However, we wish to continue dialogue with local people from all communities and address any questions residents might have.

“These are unprecedented times, but we’re providing as many options for the public to view information on the proposal, prior to submission, and ask questions about the proposal, including email, phone and the dedicated Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm website.

“People should also be aware that even after submission they will have the opportunity to read the application and submit responses.

“Our proposed Scoop Hill Community Wind Farm will bring significant financial investment to the local area, provide clean energy for approximately 540,000 homes and displace more than 930,000 tonnes of CO2, every year.

“In total, we expect to be contributing more than £280m to the communities, through a community benefit fund, business rates to Dumfries and Galloway Council, and other community support activities during the lifetime of the wind farm.

“Community Windpower operates a unique approach to financial support for communities in order to provide positive economic benefits for everyone, beyond a designated community benefit fund.

“We also have a ‘Buy Scottish’ Policy, which means we’ll be using Scottish firms, wherever possible, during the construction of the wind farm.

“We anticipate this to generate approximately 250 jobs.

“By working with communities throughout the lifetime of the wind farm, we’ll ensure a lasting legacy of change and benefits, for generations to come.

“It will also help both Dumfries and Galloway and Scotland take a step closer to reach their net-zero carbon targets of 2025 and 2045, respectively.”

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