As part of the development of the wind farm, we will undertake an extensive programme of public engagement. We want to ensure that local stakeholders can share their views and raise questions while the project is still in the design stage.
While COVID-19 means that we must restrict our public engagements, we have invested in other options to create facilitate dialogue and ensure that people can get the information they want and for us to be able to hear their views.
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Community Benefit Scheme
The Oriel Wind Farm project will have a substantial community fund, which will distribute grants to groups in the region over the planned operational lifetime of up to 30 years.
We welcome community involvement in the design of the scheme. We are not yet looking for projects to support, but welcome your thoughts on how the scheme could be structured and the kinds of projects it should support.
When we get to the stage of seeking projects to fund, we will communicate extensively in local media, through the local authorities and inform those on our mailing list.
Offshore wind projects exist in a shared space with other commercial marine users, particularly fishing groups. Oriel is instigating a fund, specifically targeted at commercial, offshore fishing groups, to assist them in investing in their operations. This fund will help fishing groups develop the skills and infrastructure needed to improve the fishing industry in the region.