Dersalloch windfarm brings in over £200k for North Carrick

The controversial Dersalloch windfarm near Straiton has enabled over £200,000 of community benefit money to be given to North Carrick.

The North Carrick Community Benefit Company recently received the first payment from developers Scottish Power Renewables for £207,000.

That sum will be given over the next five years with payments increasing to £345,000 for the remaining 20 years of the 23 turbine developments lifespan.

Mark Fletcher, chair of the company said: “This money will be administered by NCCBC as grant funding to community groups across the whole of North Carrick, to enhance the lives of people living here and those visiting our beautiful and diverse rural communities.”

The company have given community councils the power to distribute, with Mark saying locals should get in touch with them if they wish to apply or find out more.

He said: “In the case of Minishant, which currently doesn’t have a community council, you can contact myself as the chair of Maybole CC which has the small fund ring-fenced for Minishant community groups.

“There is a second fund available for grants of up to £5,000 which we would like people to seek match funding or in kind contributions to try to achieve the maximum impact with the funds we have available to us. To enquire or apply to this fund you should contact Marion Young on 01292 612626 or your community council representatives. You can also contact the company directly on ncarrickcb@gmail.com.

“This fund is reviewed in November, February ,May and August.”

Closing date for applications to this fund is November 9 for review by the board later next month. Applications after the 9th will be reviewed in February.

There is a third fund that is ring-fenced for strategic projects for the whole of North Carrick.

These include, but are not exclusive to, community transport; a health and first aid programme, including supplying defibrillators in every town and village; a joint programme for funding gala equipment, and setting up a lending facility for this.

Mark went on: “With that in mind we are looking for community groups from all towns and villages in North Carrick that play a part in organising galas to come to a joint meeting in Maybole Town Hall at 7pm on October 19 to discuss this.

“Please let us know if you can attend and for what group you will be representing.”

The NCCBC is a company set up across all of North Carrick with representatives currently from four community council areas with space on the membership and the board for community representation.

Mark concluded: “We are keen to hear from interested people in Minishant who would like to know more about joining the company and equally those that can help us get to know you better.

“We also have the services of a project coordinator who can help groups build up an application and help to find more funding.”