Greystones will be ‘Wind Farm Central’ with the Codling Bank & the Dublin Array ones meeting offshore, the largest windfarms in Ireland. It is vital that this benefits the town and residents feel connected to it.
It is important that the Community Benefit Fund from each wind farm is seen to be spent locally, in those areas that see the turbines. Consultation on this closed last week and I lobbied to get this fund kept local rather than National which was originally proposed.
I want to see this fund spent on Visitors Centres, local sports and club facilities, cultural centres, public realm facilities on the seafront etc. and a local fund, from each large wind farm, will benefit the area more than a national pool.