The directors of Bute Community Power have contacted The Buteman to correct what they say are “a number of misconceptions” about the work of the organisation.
Jim Rushworth, Reeni Kennedy-Boyle and Jim Osborne wrote to us after several letter-writers wrote in to recent issues of our print edition to accuse the company of being “megalomaniac” (Catherine McLean of Rothesay, August 15), of offering “cheapo community backhanders” (Tony Burns from Ardbeg, August 8) and of being part of attempts to “push bogus technology” (Mark Anderson from Glasgow, July 4).
In a letter to be published in our August 22 edition, the three directors state: “BCP’s aim is to operate various renewable technologies but only at locations suitable for them. Our target is ambitious; via a number of projects we hope to generate £5 million profit over a 25 year period to be reinvested in Bute. We see this as an important contribution to reversing the decline and depopulation of Bute.
“BCP is not an elite organisation. All the Board of Directors are unpaid volunteers and any member of the local community can become a voting member for the price of a single £1 share, provided they support the objectives of BCP.
“Current plans include the creation of a separate community trust fund to manage the reinvestment of BCP profits into the local community but this and other important matters will be finally decided by the members of BCP.”
* Read the BCP directors’ letter in full in the next issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, August 21.