Views sought on turbines proposal

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Over the past year or so, Donside Community Council has been fully aware of the forthcoming proposals from the Infinis Group for a six-turbine windfarm at Tibberchindy, around the Coiliochbhar Hill area near Alford.

The community council has recently formed a small sub-committee to look at all wind turbine developments within the Donside area and has actively studied the relevant documents and reports relating to all proposals and agreed developments in the area.

A spokeswoman said: “We have consulted with a variety of locally-based organisations who have wide experience and expertise in the renewable energy field. We are also currently researching the options available to benefit the community as a whole, should any application be approved. A fuller position statement is available on the Alford community website.

“The planning application for the Tibberchindy development has not yet been submitted to Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services, Planning and Building Standards and this is expected to happen over the summer period. “Donside Community Council will be putting a full opinion to the planning committee when the application has been lodged and therefore would welcome views from the public.

“There are obvious disadvantages to the development along the categories listed by government, however there can be great financial gains for the community either from contribution from the developer or from part-ownership, which can be funded by government loan; these are being investigated by the Donside Community Council - so we need to hear views from both pro and anti-parties.

“We would be interested to hear your thoughts on this proposal and hope to hold surgeries, where you can come along and give us your views and opinions in person.”

Contact can also be made by e-mail at: through Facebook or by joining the blog on the Alford community website. Letters can also be sent, care of: The secretary, Donside Community Council, 3 Kingsford Road, Alford, AB33 8HH.

* The Piper reported earlier this month how a group of residents had formed a protest group against the proposed development. Renewable energy company Infinis identified the site for six 115m turbines due to its high wind speeds.