Wind farm community benefit package agreed

Martin Dibley
Martin Dibley

WIND farm developer West Coast Energy says it has agreed a benefit package with the communities closest to its proposed Lingo Wind Farm site, situated to the north east of Carnbee and Arncroach.

The developer submitted a planning application, to build a five-turbine wind farm at the site, to Fife Council in January.

Residents from the community council boundary areas of Carnbee and Arncroach, Largoward and District, Boarhills and Dunino and Cameron are said to have agreed to a 10 per cent share in the future net profits of the wind farm, should the permission be granted.

It was also agreed each community would receive 20 per cent from that 10 per cent share, with the remainder spent on cross-boundary community projects, or agreed major projects within one of the four communities.

The decision was made after Lingo Community Benefit Forum, chaired by Anstruther businessman Martin Dibley (left), brought together the communities.

Arncroach and Carnbee Community Development Trust (A&C CDT) has offered to create a limited company, should planning consent be granted.

It will act as an umbrella group to receive, manage and channel the benefit funds to agreed projects, through trusts to be set up in each of the constituency communities.