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RENEWABLE ENERGY COMPANY HELPS TO LIGHT UP FESTIVITIES

Edinburgh - based renewable energy company, PNE WIND UK, has helped the communities of Drongan and Patna get into the Christmas spirit by providing a cash boost towards each of their Christmas light funds- helping to ensure that both towns are shining bright over the festive period.

PNE, which recently submitted proposals to develop the Polquhairn Wind Farm south of Sinclairston, presented cheques totally £1000 to locally run Christmas light funds ahead of the switch on earlier this month.

Megan Richardson, Project Manager for PNE WIND UK, commented:

"As a company which is working closely with the local communities of both Drongan and Patna regarding our proposals to develop Polquhairn Wind Farm, we believe it is very important to be involved in local initiatives such as this.

"I recognise how important the Christmas lights fund is to local residents and it is clear that the decorations throughout the towns really do help people get into the Christmas spirit."

Tommy Farrell of Drongan, Rankinston and Stair Community Council, commented:

"We are extremely grateful to PNE for their support and sponsorship. It goes without saying that the company's kind donation enables us to sustain the Christmas light investment and provide the community with this popular annual attraction.

"PNE has continually demonstrated a strong commitment to working closely with the local community and the community council looks forward to the realisation of the Polquhairn Wind Farm and working with PNE for years to come."

Throughout the consultation for the Polquhairn Wind Farm, PNE has been involved in a range of community initiatives, including attending recent Vibrant Communities consultation events in Drongan and Patna.

The wind farm proposals, if consented, would see the construction of a nine turbine development, south of Sinclairston, and the creation of a community benefit fund of up to £112,500 per annum throughout the lifespan of the project.

The PNE proposals are available to view online, and local residents are encouraged to have their say on the plans which they can do by searching for application reference number (14/0860/PP) on the council website: http://eplanning.east-ayrshire.gov.uk/online/.

Letters can also be sent to the council directly, quoting the reference number (14/0860/PP): East Ayrshire Council, Planning and Building Services, The Johnnie Walker Bond, Strand Street, Kilmarnock, KA1 1HU.