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Last chance to have your say on community benefit fund for Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm off Dounreay


By John Davidson

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The proposed Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm will be located around 6.5 kilometres off Dounreay.
The proposed Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm will be located around 6.5 kilometres off Dounreay.

Communities around west Caithness and north Sutherland could benefit from a benefit fund related to a proposed floating wind farm off Dounreay.

The planned 100-megawatt Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm will be located around 6.5 kilometres off Dounreay and will have a maximum of 10 turbines with a maximum blade-tip height of 300 metres.

Highland Wind Limited, the prospective owners of the development, have commissioned Foundation Scotland to undertake consultation on a potential community benefit fund associated with the scheme.

An online survey which was launched some weeks ago will close on Friday, June 17.

Local community groups, individuals and others are being invited to share their views on the potential community fund with independent grant making charity Foundation Scotland.

The proposed fund will support local projects that are focused on climate smart initiatives, meaning that projects will need to address local priorities in a way that considers the impact on climate change.

The fund will support initiatives that benefit any of 11 community council areas, primarily coastal communities nearest to the project. These include: Dunnet and Canisbay; Castletown; Thurso; Halkirk; Bower; Caithness West; Melvich; Strathy and Armadale; Bettyhill, Strathnaver and Altnaharra; Tongue; and Durness. The community nearest to the scheme, Caithness West, will be considered a priority area for the fund.

Foundation Scotland is keen to talk with anyone from, or linked to, the above communities. Eilidh Coll, Foundation Scotland’s Caithness-based representative, can be contacted via eilidh@foundationscotland.org.uk or 07801 530218 until the end of June.

The online survey can be completed until Friday, June 17 at www.foundationscotland.org.uk/pentland

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