Foundation Scotland has been appointed by NLEI Limited to conduct a Community Conversation in early 2017 with the communities in the North Lowther & Upper Nithsdale area. A series of events will focus on key community sustainability themes across the area covering the communities of Crawfordjohn, Elvanfoot, Leadhills, Wanlockhead, Durisdeer, Sanquhar, Kirkconnel & Kelloholm.

The Community Conversation

The purpose of the Community Conversation is to bring together stakeholders in a shared discussion about the area and how it is best secured for future generations. It will recognise existing community and area plans but seek to explore how the included communities might work collaboratively on local plans whilst also exploring cross-area themes. It is hoped that the Community Conversation will help communities build more connections with each other and support agencies in the area across more traditional boundaries, support continuing partnership working across the area as well as informing and improving NLEIs work with local communities.

In the event of the wind farm being consented and eventually built, the Conversation will provide substantive information from which communities can consider how best to utilise the community benefit fund. In the event of the windfarm not securing consent, it is hoped the Conversation will have stimulated interest and appetite for more collaboration by communities across, and even beyond the area to help lever/attract investment and income from other opportunities.

How to be involved

We are running an online survey to enable all local residents and businesses from the area to contribute their views and opinions.
We are also running a series of roundtable discussions around two overarching themes with key community clusters. The workshops will build on existing community and area plans.

Strengthening our local economy(Enterprise, Tourism & future income opportunities)

Crawfordjohn, Leadhills, Wanlockhead, Elvanfoot
Weds 22 Feb 2017,
6.30-8.30pm

Crawfordjohn Village Hall
Register Here

Strengthening our local economy(Enterprise, Tourism & future income opportunities)
Sanquhar, Kirkconnel & Kelloholm, Durisdeer
Thurs 23 Feb 2017,
10.30am-12.30pm

Kirkconnel Miners Memorial Centre
Register Here

Enhancing our infrastructure & capacity(Services, Transport)
Sanquhar, Kirkconnel & Kelloholm, Durisdeer
Weds 1 March 2017,
6.30-8.30pm

Sanquhar Town Hall
Register Here

Enhancing our infrastructure & capacity(Services, Transport)
Crawfordjohn, Leadhills, Wanlockhead, Elvanfoot
Weds 1 March 2017,
10.30am-12.30pm

Crawfordjohn Village Hall
Register Here

Participants at these events will be representatives from community organisations, local businesses or independent interests. You might choose to attend events for both themes or just one where you have the greatest interest. Ideally you can attend the event within your community cluster however if this is not convenient, you are more than welcome to join either event in the other cluster. Please confirm your attendance by registering your attendance using the above links which will direct you to Eventbrite, an online meeting registration system. If you have any problems, please email Jane Dekker – janedekkerb@icloud.com

North Lowther Energy Initiative (NLEI) Limited is a joint venture formed by 2020 Renewables and Buccleuch. The project has the potential to deliver a substantial contribution to renewable energy targets, a long term habitat initiative and significant economic benefit for the communities closest to the proposal. In line with Scottish Government Policy, NLEI Limited has committed to an annual payment of £5,000/MW for the lifetime of the windfarm. Based on the current design of 150 MW, this would equate to £750,000 a year.

For further information, please contact:
Rachel Searle-Mbullu Head of Community Investment Rachel@foundationscotland.org.uk
Jane Dekker Associate janedekkerb@icloud.com