Feedback Sought on Community Partnership Proposal

by Melissa Clark

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

02-CommunityA leading renewable energy business is inviting local communities to attend two exhibitions in May to discuss the idea of a community partnership in a proposed wind farm in Perth and Kinross

Hamilton-based Banks Renewables is encouraging those living and working in the area to come along and find out about the proposed Bandirran Wind Farm as well as learn more about a unique opportunity for surrounding communities to participate in the project.

Exhibitions will be held on Tuesday, May 7 at St. Martins Village Hall in Balbeggie and Wednesday, May 8 at Inchture Hotel from 3–7pm.

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The concept for the community partnership approach has seen a number of meetings held between Banks Renewables and local community groups, businesses and community councils in the area.

Colin Anderson, development director at Banks Renewables, said: “We are excited by the opportunity this project has created for both Banks Renewables and the local communities to make a meaningful contribution to a more sustainable future.

“We would like to continue active community participation in the project’s development, as our experience has shown this results in better outcomes for all concerned.

“As a result we have organised these exhibitions in Balbeggie and Inchture and are inviting local residents, business and community groups to come along and find out more about the proposal and the benefits it has the potential to bring.

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“Hopefully through this process of meetings, we can reaffirm to locals that the development will take into account their opinions and reviews, with the ultimate aim of creating a development which is as acceptable to as many people as possible.”

Banks Renewables has extensive experience working with communities across Scotland to successfully design and deliver major energy, property and regeneration schemes; making a positive impact on the environment, the economy and the life’s of local people.

Equivalent projects by the firm are set to result in the creation of jobs and training initiatives, provision of community infrastructure, delivery of major environmental projects and direct funding into community groups.

The Banks Group (www.banksgroup.co.uk) is a family firm founded in 1976, which now employs 400 people in the renewable energy, property and mining sectors. The company’s “development with care” approach underpins all community consultation and seeks to deliver environmental excellence in all areas of our business.

Public relations in Scotland for Banks Renewables is handled by the expert PR team at Holyrood Partnership, providing strategic communication advice and media relations.

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