Last night we received a phone call from the Lochgelly Community Development Forum asking if one of our volunteers would be willing to attend a site visit at the proposed site for the Little Raith Wind Farm.
The site visit was intended to give further information to local groups about the development and timescales of the farm, as well as provide a photo opportunity for the wind farm.
Representatives from Lochgelly Community Council, Lumphinnans Community Council, and the Lochgelly Community Development Forum attended the site, apologies were put in place from Auchtertool Community Council, as well as MSP Helen Eadie and another MSP serving the Kirkcaldy area (we will update later when we have the name confirmed).
The development started 2 weeks ago, and the 1st stage will be laying the roads for better access to the site. When construction begins there will be an exclusion zone around the site, we were told this is only temporary, and once the site is completed there won’t be any restricted access to the site and countryside.
The other positive is that the Little Raith ruins near one of the wind turbines has been sealed off by another organisation to protect the buildings from any damage during the construction phase.
Currently the development is employing 8 local people, and during the peak construction phase, they estimate that they will be employing between 40-50 people. The company is looking to employ locally where possible, and source materials locally for construction.
The wind turbines will be imported from Brazil and Germany, and the towers have not yet been confirmed. If the construction runs smoothly, the owners (Kennedy
Power Renewables – http://www.kennedypower.co.uk/), expect the wind farm to be completed and fully operational by October 2012.
A user of the LCDF website raised an issue about the wind farm in connection with the mossmorran flaring;
Has anyone contacted you or investigated little raith wind farms effect on the lighting at the plant and flaring creating a strobe effect? If light is shining from behind the turbines when they are operating will this create a strobe lighting effect for local residents?
We did raise the question about the light flicker during Mossmorran flaring, and they have mentioned that they will investigate the issue. If we get an update, we will post further information.
4 Winds Development Trust (working title)
As the construction phase progresses a new
charity Trust with Charitable status will be formed with a committee of local representatives from each community (Lochgelly, Lumphinnans, Cowdenbeath and Auchtertool). The charity will be responsible for distributing monies raised through the Wind Farm that has been marked for community investment.
The group has recently drafted their constitution, which is now in the hands of a charity lawyer, if everything is okay with the constitution it will be sent to OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator – http://www.oscr.org.uk/) for approval, and if accepted, it will be adopted by the Trust.
This will take several weeks before the Trust is formed, but you can follow their progress and find further information at: http://4windsfife.wordpress.com/
We have asked if we can be kept in the loop of the development as it progresses both from the charity aspect for community benefit and the ongoing construction works.
An official press release will be published shortly by the Fife Times and the Courier, which we have been allowed to publish here after the newspapers, so the site will be updated through the week with the official press statement.