Bute should be given the opportunity to share in any profits generated by a proposed wind farm on the south Cowal peninsula.
That’s the view of Ken Barr, the convener of Dunoon Community Council, who has written to his Bute counterparts warning that it is “eminently possible” that PNE Wind UK’s plans for the Bachan Burn site will be approved - and that communities in the area should be ready to take advantage of the financial benefit resulting from the scheme if it does go ahead.
Mr Barr has written to all the community councils in the Bute and Cowal area proposing that public meetings be held to discuss forming an organisation to make use of the ‘community benefit’ which is a standard feature of all wind farm developments in Scotland.
In an email to Bute’s community councillors Mr Barr says: “You will all be aware of the proposed wind farm on the Bachan Burn site of the Cowal and Trossachs Forest District.
“This wind farm is proposed to generate in excess of 50MW. This takes it out of the planning authority of Argyll and Bute and leaves it in the hands of the Scottish Government to approve or not. A&B [Argyll and Bute Council] will only have consultee status.
“In light of the Scottish Government’s wish to have 100% of Scotland’s gross electricity consumption generated by renewable sources by 2020 it is eminently possible that this project will be approved.
“Our view is that if it goes ahead we should seek to profit from it.”
The subject will be considered at Bute Community Council’s next meeting, to be held on Wednesday, March 19 at 7pm at the Pavilion cafe in Rothesay.
* PNE Wind UK is to hold a public exhibition on its plans at Rothesay Pavilion on Thursday, March 27 from 11am to 3pm - not Wednesday, as we previously stated. Apologies for the error.