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EDF Highland wind farm to redirect community cash towards Covid-19 response

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A Highland onshore wind farm operated by EDF Renewables are set to redirect local community funding towards the coronavirus pandemic response.

Four Hillfoots community councils in Clackmannanshire have announced support for a plan will see a £12,000 boost for the region.

Burnfoot Hill Wind Farm will provide four communities – Alva, Dollar, Menstrie and Tillicoultry, Coalsnaughton and Devonside – with £3,000 each.
£3,000, was set aside for community events in each area.

EDF Renewables said the money will be used to help local people during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Burnfoot Hill Fund is managed by Foundation Scotland on behalf of EDF Renewables.

EDF Renewables chief executive, Matthieu Hue, said: “During these unsettling times it is clear communities working together is essential and it is great to see people are pulling together to help those who are most in need.

“It is heart-warming to see the Hillfoots communities use the wind farm fund in this way.

“I wish them the very best of success in their community endeavours and I hope everyone stays safe throughout this difficult time.”

Alva Community Council will use their grant to support a number of community groups, while Dollar’s grant will support its community food larder to issue food parcels.

Tillicoultry Community has started a phone line people can call to request support, with 40 local volunteers.

Menstrie printed flyers informing locals of chemist opening hours and Scotmid delivery times.

Eimear Cassidy, community fund coordinator, added: “The quick and coordinated response of the Burnfoot Hill Communities to the current pandemic has been inspiring in these challenging times.

“It’s genuinely uplifting to see people coming together so quickly to support and look out for those most vulnerable in their communities.”

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