Windfarm benefit fund talks planned
Politicians set to meet new owners
The new owners of Blackcraig windfarm have agreed to open talks on establishing a benefit fund for local communities.
Temporis Capital representatives will meet south of Scotland MSP Emma Harper and Dee and Glenkens councillor Dougie Campbell on November 15.
The Scottish Parliament summit comes weeks after Temporis took over Blackcraig from Blue Energy.
A community fund worth £260,000 annually until 2044 had been agreed provisionally before the buyout.
If Temporis stands by that deal, £5,000 per week would begin flowing into a fund for local projects from May next year.
Ms Harper said: “Representatives from Temporis Capital Ltd have agreed to a meeting to discuss the community benefit funding and their willingness to engage with local community councils.
“There is the potential for subsequent follow up meetings in the Balmaclennan, New Galloway, Dalry and Corsock area where these 23 windmills are in operation.”
Councillor Campbell welcomed the chance to discuss a future cash deal after a period of uncertainty.
He said: “I’ve become increasingly concerned by the lack of progress in finding a suitable way of distributing windfarm community benefit funding to local communities around the Glenkens area.
“With the recent change of ownership of Blackcraig there needs to be a commitment from the new owners to honour the previous agreement by Blue Energy to distribute around £260,000 per annum over the next 25 years.
“This money will be invaluable to our rural communities. Therefore, I very much welcome the opportunity to meet with Temporis Capital and to seek their assurance that they will work with community representatives to ensure a positive outcome.”
Temporis Capital director Matt Ridley confirmed the meeting at Holyrood.
Mr Ridley said: “The meeting is to discuss community benefit funding from Blackcraig. “We have no broader agenda than that.” Previous owners Blue Energy envisaged a local panel to administer its 25-year £6.5 million community benefit fund.
Representatives were to be drawn from communities in and around the Glenkens.
There is no indication at this stage whether Temporis will adopt a similar model.