Edinburgh-based renewable energy company, PNE Wind UK, has lent its support to a Hayhill and Sinclairston community initiative which will see the creation of a new walking route between the East Ayrshire communities – helping to ensure that ramblers can take a well-earned rest on the route and reaffirming PNE’s commitment to the local communities.

The company, which is preparing proposals to develop the nine-turbine Polquhairn Wind Farm by Sinclairston, has funded the purchase and installation of a bench on the proposed new route. This will allow the initiative to provide weary walkers with a resting place – adding to the route’s attraction.

The sponsorship of the bench forms part of PNE’s wider commitment to support the communities around the wind farm project.

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

“PNE is committed to engaging with the communities around the Polquhairn Wind Farm site and we are delighted to be supporting this resident-led project to establish a new designated route between Hayhill and Sinclairston. I hope that our sponsorship will help to demonstrate our commitment to ongoing and long-term engagement with the local community.”

Chair of Sinclairston and Hayhill Rural Initiative, Susan Morrison, said:

“We are delighted that PNE has supported the project with this sponsorship. This has enabled us to commission and install a bench on the route, providing walkers with the opportunity to stop and rest their legs along the way.

“We are working hard with the support of our local councillor, John Bell, and Vibrant Communities Officer, Margo Crolley, to develop the area and create a new designated route for walkers, runners and cyclists.”

PNE has been working closely with the local community to consult on the Polquhairn Wind Farm proposals which will potentially deliver a community benefit fund of up to £112,500 per annum for 25 years – helping to support local causes.

Megan Richardson continued:

“For over two years we have been working closely with the local community to build awareness and understanding of the Polquhairn Wind Farm proposals, including recently attending Vibrant Communities events in Drongan and Patna.  We are hugely encouraged by the level of support there is in the area for renewable energy and for Polquhairn Wind Farm.”