Talking begins about wind farm share-out

The wind turbines near Torwood are to start paying out for local residents
The wind turbines near Torwood are to start paying out for local residents
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Controversial wind turbines near Torwood will pay put a total of £48,000 to support community projects.

The huge structures at Tod Hill Farm will generate £24,000 each year for the communities of Larbert, Stenhousemuir and Torwood and £24,000 for Denny and Dunipace.

The 125-metre turbines are partly-owned by the local area, with residents able to decide where the money goes.

To ensure the cash is distributed where the people want it to go, both areas are carrying out consultations with members of the public.

Colleen Hurren from Larbert, Stenhousemuir and Torwood Community Council is on the Larbert consultation group and says it is only fair everyone gets a say.

Colleen (60) said: “As a community councillor, we have a fair idea of where the money could go, but it is a lot of money over a long time period so it’s only right the whole community gets a say.

“The money can go anywhere - to build a playpark, upgrade facilities or help a local group. We could even try to get a grant and put it towards a bigger project.”

There were complaints about the wind turbines when they were installed late last year, with Falkirk councillor Bailie Billy Buchanan saying he had received over 200 complaints relating to their size and proximity to an urban area.

Consulting firm Community Enterprise will carry out the Larbert consultation. Visit the Larbert, Stenhousemuir and Torwood Community Council Facebook page to find out how to share your views of where the money should go. They will be carrying out the consultation until May.

Denny and District Development Group will hold a meeting on Thursday, February 5, in Denny Old Parish Church at 7 p.m. to update residents on their slice of the wind farm cash.