East Kintyre Windfarm Trust receives a share of both funds providing over £40,000 each year to be used to deliver initiatives in and around our community. East Kintyre Windfarm Trust reports back to ScottishPower Renewables each year on what has been delivered with these funds and some case studies are included below.
The people of East Kintyre greatly appreciate the community benefits that ScottishPower Renewables provide from their Beinn an Tuirc Windfarms. These funds have helped deliver a wide range of projects that improve community facilities and provide opportunities for sports and recreation for all age groups. With the construction of Beinn an Tuirc 3 Windfarm nearing completion, the Community Council looks forward to working in even closer partnership with SPR to help highlight the benefits their windfarms provide for our communities
The hall is well used by community groups for a range of activities and events (keep fit classes, bowls, drama club, camera club etc and the annual Carradale Music Festival. The hall is also the emergency centre for the village during times such as the Covid 19 Pandemic
In 2019 over £15,000 of funds from the Beinn an Tuirc 2 Windfarm was used towards repairing the roof of Carradale Village Hall.
The following year over £4,000 from the same fund was used to purchase new equipment for the hall and support essential revenue costs.
Situated in the centre of Carradale village the Play Park was totally refurbished in 2018, following a big fundraising effort by the community. Beinn an Tuirc Windfarms provided £20,000 towards the refurbishment of Carradale Activity Play Park in 2018.
The play park is in ground owned by the East Kintyre Community Council and is surrounded by playing fields, which provide an excellent recreational facility for the local community and visitors.
Beinn an Tuirc funds contributed almost £8,000 towards the purchase and stocking of a temporary village shop, which has now been in operation for 18 months and is staffed entirely by volunteers led by Ian McGhie.
The shop saves a 30 mile round trip to Campbeltown and has greatly assisted community resilience during the current Covid 19 Pandemic.