£500,000 station pledge from wind turbine company

Chris Craddock
Chris Craddock

The company behind the Belford Burn windfarm proposal has offered £500,000 for the village’s station project if its proposals get the go-ahead.

Energiekontor UK Ltd is proposing to develop a windfarm of up to nine turbines around 2.5km west of the centre of Belford. Each turbine would have a height to blade tip of no more than 100metres.

And its most recent project newsletter states: “Since we went public with the project we have been seeking suggestions from people on whether there are any local projects that could benefit from funding from the windfarm. One such project that has been highlighted to us is Belford Railway Station.

“We are happy to set out a commitment that, should the Belford Burn Windfarm get the go-ahead, Energiekontor UK Ltd would provide up to £500,000 as a one-off contribution for Belford Railway Station. This contribution would be in addition to the community benefit fund.”

The newsletter also points out that any financial contributions would not be considered as material considerations for the planning process.

But Chris Craddock, chairman of Middleton Burn Action Group, which opposes the windfarm, described the offer as a ‘fairly typical 30 pieces of silver’.

“I just wish they would spend a bit more time thinking about the real good of the village,” he said.

A proposal for a met mast on the site was turned down in July and Mr Craddock suggested the company was looking to ‘swing public opinion’.