Community to discuss turbine plan

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A PUBLIC meeting is to be held in Anstruther next week to discuss the possibility of a community wind turbine in the area.

The meeting on Thursday, November 22, has been called by the Three Burgh Community Development Trust (3BCDT), which was set up last year and has since researched the benefits of such a project.

It has already put an application for a turbine north of Cornceres Farm into Fife Council and leafleted the residents in the town on its plans.

But a decision on approval is yet to be made by planners and the group itself hasn’t decided if it is definitely something it wishes to go ahead with.

The idea of the turbine is that its profits would be ploughed back into a community fund and spent locally on projects such as a safe cycle path.

The meeting, which is being held in the East Neuk Centre in Anstruther at 7pm, is to allow members of the public the chance to catch up on the latest stage of the plan and to speak with members of the trust.

Elizabeth Gordon, minute secretary, told the Mail if the public insist they don’t want a turbine the trust would look at other plans.

She said: “It has now been a year since the initial steps were taken to investigate community desire for a community development trust. Enough interest was shown for the 3BCDT, for a committee to take that forward.

“In that year the 3BCDT has had several public meetings and has met with several community groups, including the community council, the East Neuk Centre and the AIA.

“The wind turbine is controversial.

“We have had people who are terrifically against this and we have had people who are really for it. It is one of those things which is going to completely divide the community.

“We are going to try and have a discussion meeting. Quite frankly if the people of the town don’t want it then we won’t go ahead.”