En­ergy gi­ant offers £3m fund­ing for com­mu­ni­ties

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS - BY DAVID MCPHEE

The en­ergy gi­ant be­hind a con­tro­ver­sial north-east wind farm will of­fer £3 mil­lion to the com­mu­nity.

Vat­ten­fall, which op­er­ates the 11-tur­bine Aberdeen Bay devel­op­ment, will open the first ap­pli­ca­tions for the com­mu­nity ben­e­fit fund pay­ment to­day.

The com­pany an­nounced it will in­vest £150,000 each year in com­mu­ni­ties and or­gan­i­sa­tions over the 20year life­span of the project through the Un­lock Our Fu­ture Fund.

Last night, res­i­dent Edna Booth, who had fought against the wind farm and the dis­rup­tion the sub­sta­tion caused Black­dog, said she was pleased the com­mu­nity would get some­thing back.

“I’m very pleased to see this hap­pen­ing,” she said.

“Although I was dis­ap­pointed in the way they (Vat­ten­fall) han­dled a lot of things – we have had lor­ries go­ing up and down our roads for two years – I’m very pleased they are putting money back into the com­mu­nity.”

A lo­cal panel will de­cide how to use the money in the com­mu­nity and char­ity man­age­ment firm Foun­da­tion Scot­land will be the ad­min­is­tra­tor of the fund.

Natalie Ghazi, Vat­ten­fall’s li­ai­son of­fi­cer for Aberdeen Bay, said: “Over the last cou­ple of years we have been work­ing with lo­cal stake­hold­ers and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions to shape the £3m Un­lock Our Fu­ture Fund so that it de­liv­ers on the needs of lo­cal peo­ple from across the city and shire.”

To sup­port ap­pli­cants a series of ap­pli­ca­tion dropin ses­sions will be held at Balme­die, In­verurie, Stone­haven, Fraser­burgh and Aberdeen this month.

The 11-tur­bine Aberdeen Bay devel­op­ment

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