Following the recent community consultation, a fund using the Todhill Windfarm community funds has been established for constituted groups within the Larbert, Stenhousemuir and Torwood Community Council area.
Grants of £250 to £5,000 will be considered. Grants of over £5,000 will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.
The Fund’s priorities are to support activity that will benefit people within the Larbert, Stenhousemuir & Torwood area and that:
• Improves the physical appearance of the community (including the town centre) and makes better use of our public spaces;
• Develops community services, events and facilities to better meet the diverse needs of local people;
• Preserves and enhances the natural environment for the benefit of those who live in the area;
• Builds the skills, capacity and sustainability of community organisations serving the area.
Please note that the deadline for submitting application is 7th March 2016.
Applications must be from groups which have a constitution and are set up on a not-for-profit basis.
Please share this information with any groups or organisations you think may be interested in applying for funding.
The Community Council is establishing a microfund for applications for grants up to £250. Further details of this will follow in the next few weeks.
It’s the last meeting in 2015 of the Community Council on Monday 30th November. All are welcome to join us at 7:15pm in the halls of Larbert Old Church.
We’ll be discussing the Lido with Falkirk Council, considering Falkirk Council’s budget proposals and receiving an update on progress with the establishment of the Todhill Windfarm Community Benefit Funds.
We’ll also have our monthly updates from Larbert High, Police Scotland and the Community Safety Team.
Larbert, Stenhousemuir and Torwood Community Council is working with the support of Foundation Scotland, to manage community benefit funds which will come to the local community through the Todhill Windfarm project. The funds will bring an expected £24,000 annual income to the community. In order to ensure the best use of this money and that it is used in a way that meets the needs of the area the Community Council will develop a Community Action Plan which will identify the key themes and specific projects that will be adopted within the area over the next 10 years. To assist with the research and writing the Action Plan, the Community Council received funding from Local Energy Scotland/CARES and commissioned the services of Community Enterprise.
The community consultation has informed the Research Report and based on the findings of this research, a 10 Year Community Action Plan will now be developed and distributed throughout the community. We hope to publish the Action Plan in late June/early July 2015.
Community consultation for the Research Report took place between March and May 2015. We are very grateful to everyone who kindly completed the survey and to everyone who participated in one of the open meetings and/or focus groups.
As you are probably aware, the Larbert, Stenhousemuir and Torwood community area will receive funding from wind farm developments over the lifetime of the windfarm. We want to hear the views of all residents about how best this money should be spent. This will form the basis of a Community Action Plan that will be prepared by Community Enterprise.
Please take a few minutes to complete this important survey and make sure that your voice is heard. We know that people within households do not always share the same views so, it would be great if each member (including young people) completed their own copy of the survey.
Attend one of our Open Meetings and have your voice heard. The Community Council is keen to gather as many views as possible from local residents on how we can maximise the impact of the Todhill Windfarm Community Benefit funding in order to make Larbert, Stenhousemuir and Torwood and better place to live, work and visit. We have arranged 2 open public meetings as part of this process and would like to invite you along to one of the events to hear your views. Full details of both dates are below.
We are delighted to announce that Larbert Village Primary School choir will be performing at the Friday event, and Stenhousemuir Primary School choir will be performing at the Tuesday event.
We look forward to seeing many of you at one of the events and would ask that you share this link with any of your friends, neighbours or colleagues who may also be interested in attending.
The Community Council is seeking volunteers to assist with overseeing a consultation on key local priorities for the community benefit fund which will be generated for the Larbert, Stenhousemuir & Torwood area from the 4 wind turbines at Todhill Farm.
The Community Council is being supported by Foundation Scotland and funding awarded through Local Energy Scotland to engage a consultant to assist with this process. We intend to pull together a small group of local residents and Community Councillors to oversee the work of the consultant, and to put the structure in place for the establishment of the Panel which will be formed to consider future applications to the Fund.
The Fund will be £24,000 per annum over the next 25 years bringing £600K of funding for local community projects over the lifespan of the turbines to our community.
If you are interested in assisting with this consultation, please e-mail us detailing why you are interested by Friday 21 November to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please share this post with anyone you know who may be interested.
Please click on the attached link to view the update and photos provided by the developers to the June meeting of the Community Council on the Todhill Wind Farm development. Todhill Wind Farm Update – 30 June 2014
At our March Community Council meeting, we received an update from Capital Dynamics, their main contractor and Foundation Scotland on the Todhill Wind Farm development.
The project received planning permission in June 2012 to erect 4 turbines with a maximum tip height of 125m on land at Todhill Farm opposite Glenvervie Golf Club. Subject to some final conditions for their planning consent being satisfied, the development is now ready to proceed. Following the construction and installation period, it is expected the turbines will be operational late 2014.
The turbines will generate an annual community fund of £48,000. 50% of this fund (£24,000) will be available within the Larbert, Stenhousemuir and Torwood Community Council area per annum to fund local projects. This equates to around £600K over the life of the project to support projects within our local community. (The remaining 50% will be made available to the Denny & District Community Council area). The fund will be administered by Foundation Scotland. The Community Council is working with Foundation Scotland to establish the fund, how it will be managed etc. Over the next few months, we will be working closely with Foundation Scotland on this and we will keep the community advised of progress.