Wind farm cash up for grabs

MORE than £12,000 in a local wind farm fund is still available for community projects – and the developer Scottish Southern Energy (SSE) is now encouraging people to apply ahead of the next application deadline on Monday, July 16.

The Clyde wind farm currently generates £35,000 each year – available for local projects within the Skirling and Upper Tweed Community Council boundaries. During the last 12 months more than £21,500 has been granted to 15 local projects.

Ciara Wilson, SSE’s community investment advisor for Clyde wind farm, said: “We really want to see as many local projects as possible benefit from the Scottish Borders Clyde wind farm fund.

“We’ve aimed to make the application process as simple and straightforward as possible to ensure that the funds can be accessed by a wide range of worthwhile and deserving causes. However, should anyone have any queries or questions, please contact the Scottish Community Foundation and the advisers there will be able to help.”

The Save The Crook Inn Campaign and a new access bridge at Broughton Village Hall were among seven initiatives in the Skirling and Upper Tweed areas to have been successful in the latest round of applications.

Robert Laird, chair of Skirling Community Council, said: “We would encourage all community groups within the community council boundary areas to apply for funding from the Clyde wind farm.

“Since the fund opened last year, we have already seen the benefits within our village; including funding to renovate the village hall’s reading room and a new public bench for our scenic walkway. We also have many other projects we hope will gain funding in the next round.

“It really is a fantastic opportunity for those in the area to improve their local environment and regenerate local facilities.”

The Clyde wind farm is expected to be fully operational in the autumn.

Those wishing to apply for the Clyde (Borders) Community Fund should visit www.scottishcf.org/clyde or contact Margaret Phelps from the Scottish Community Foundation, who are managing the fund on SSE’s behalf, on 0141 341 4960 or grants@scottishcf.org