New funding stream for Alyth – make your voice heard

Alyth could soon be profiting from the nearby Welton of Creuchies Windfarm, via the 15% stake held by the Airlie Street Hall Development Trust (ASHDT).  

ASDHT – established in 2017 as a community benefit fund under the Scottish Government’s Energy Strategy – is holding a public consultation to help decide how best to use the new income from the windfarm.  Based on what the community of Alyth says during the consultation, ASHDT will manage and invest the income from its stake in the windfarm to help the community realise its ambitions.

ASHDT has asked Scene, an Edinburgh-based community energy consultancy, to carry out the consultation, and two events have been organised in April so that local people can make their voices heard and raise issues and priorities that the investment plan could tackle.

Both events are scheduled for 22 April, starting with a drop-in session from 2pm to 6pm, followed by a community investment planning workshop from 7pm till 8pm.  Both events will be in the Airlie Street Hall.  There will also be an online community feedback meeting later on a date to be confirmed.

As well as the events, ASHDT and Scene have also set up an online survey here:  https://bit.ly/3wGD5kb where you can contribute your ideas and sign up to be kept informed.

If you’d like to know more about how community benefit funds work and what the good practice principles are, the Scottish Government has published a webpage with much more detail:  https://www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-government-good-practice-principles-community-benefits-onshore-renewable-energy-developments/

New funding to strengthen flood response

The 2015 floods

ADT has secured almost £10,000 from the National Lottery’s “Together for Our Planet” Fund to help Alyth defend against future floods.

The money will be used to help set up a permanent Flood Resilience Team organised on a voluntary ‘retained’ basis, similar to the retained emergency teams operated by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in many small towns and villages including Alyth.  

We already have a volunteer flood response team with a coordinator in place, working through the Alyth Community Support Group, which has proved its worth several times over the years.  The team will continue to work as volunteers as in the past, and the new funding will pay for drills and mandatory training in partnership with the Scottish Flood Forum.  This will gave Alyth a strengthened and properly constituted independent flood team that recruits locally.

As anyone living in Alyth knows only too well, flooding is a very serious issue – the town has endured three major floods, each supposedly a “once-in-100-years” event, in the last four years alone, with some catastrophic results.

A lot of work has already been done on tackling flooding, by ADT and ACSG alongside the Scottish Flood Forum, Perth & Kinross Council, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and other organisations.  The new funding will allow much more to be done, much more quickly.  This is very much a pilot project for all of Scotland, and ADT/ACSG plan to bring together all interested parties this month to discuss and develop a detailed strategy.

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