Wind farms are a crucial part of the national drive to wean ourselves off fossil fuels and onto clean, infinite sources of power.
But at Burcote Wind we understand that for individual communities the prospect of a wind farm nearby can be viewed by some with apprehension.
In our view, dialogue is essential to explain the merits of wind energy and dispel any fears or misconceptions. So right from the outset, we consult with communities on our plans, listen carefully and make changes to accommodate local people’s views where possible.
Our community engagement activity usually includes the following:
- Face-to-face meetings with neighbours and key stakeholders such as community/parish councils and local interest groups
- Letters and pamphlets to explain our proposals
- Online information on our website and dedicated blogs/social networking forums
- Exhibitions of our proposals in local communities, with display boards and photomontages
- Liaison forums with representatives from local interest groups to discuss ongoing issues such as community benefit fund
- Communication through the local media