Work set to begin on Meikle Carewe Windfarm

More than ten years since plans for a Windfarm at Meikle Carewe were first discussed, building is set to begin on the site this month.

The company behind the development, RES, said that they were “delighted” to announce the beginning of the work which and have said that the 12-turbine project will start generating clean, green renewable energy by March 2013.

The site entrance to Meikle Carewe Wind Farm is located on the B979 Netherley Road. All of the construction traffic will use this entrance and one of the first jobs RES will be doing is building a safe site access point.

This could mean some disruption on the road as the construction results in temporary traffic lights being put in place on the B979.

Fergal Duffy, Construction Project Manager, said: “We are looking forward to starting work on this exciting project and are committed to ensuring as little disruption as possible to the local community during construction.

“Whilst we build the entrance there could be traffic management measures, such as temporary traffic lights, required on the B979 for short periods of time. These will be in place to ensure the safety of our construction team and more importantly other road users.”

In order to keep the public informed during the building of the wind farm, RES will be setting up a Community Liaison Group (CLG).

The group will meet every 2-3 months and act as a forum for discussion and the exchange of information. The first CLG meeting takes place on Wednesday June 6 at 7:30pm in the Bettridge Centre at Costal Park in Newtonhill.

Fergal Duffy, said: “The CLG meetings are open to everyone in the community. Members of the local community will have the chance to meet the construction team and find out about the construction process of the wind farm.

“We intend to work closely with the CLG throughout the work on site to ensure that the local community is kept fully informed.”

Meikle Carewe Wind Farm will provide a community benefit fund of £20,400 every year for 25 years – more than £500,000 over the lifetime of the wind farm. Kincardine and Mearns Area Partnership (KMAP) will manage the fund with a panel made up a local people who will make decisions on where the money is spent. Further details will be available at the Community Liaison Group Meeting.

Plans to develop a Wind Farm at Meikle Carewe have a long history. In 2001 Aberdeenshire Council rejected proposals to build a 14-turbine wind farm on a heather moor three miles from Stonehaven, after air traffic controllers claimed the giant turbines could lead to the creation of false radar readings as they guided pilots in and out of Aberdeen airport. The application was then refused by the Kincardine and Mearns area committee.

A fresh application was then lodged with an amended plan for a 12-turbine development at Meikle Carewe. The project was recommended for approval, and was refused by Aberdeenshire Councillors in April 2010. British Airport Authority (BAA), owners of Aberdeen Airport, and NATS have no objections to the project. RES appeal the decision to The Scottish Government Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals. An independent Planning Reporter consented the project on 24 February 2011.