Wind farm helps group radio station hit the airwaves

A group radio station has hit the decks operating after a £5,000 grant helped put it on the air in South Lanarkshire.

Avondale Radio Station has proved an instantaneous hit with the group of Strathaven and its surrounding villages and has grown from a standing begin to 14,000 listeners inside simply three months of its launch.

The radio station hit the airwaves after being awarded a grant from Banks Renewables’ Kype Muir Wind Farm group fund, which was designed to help native communities in order that they will share the advantages from Banks’ developments within the space.

The radio station was arrange by Frets Inventive – a group curiosity firm providing inventive areas, workshops, music classes and occasions in Strathaven for native artists, photographers, writers and musicians. It utilized to the Kype Muir Wind Farm group fund when the group had the thought of launching Avondale Radio Station.

Les Hoggan, co-founder of Frets Inventive, mentioned: “The funding we obtained via the Kype Muir Wind Farm group fund was important in establishing what’s now a wonderful service for locals that we hope supplies an abundance of leisure.

“We began from scratch and now have greater than 25 voluntary presenters, offering a spread of exhibits from 60s and 70s music right through to Americana, well-being and breakfast exhibits – we actually have a chat present that includes individuals and companies from throughout the group. There actually is one thing for everybody.”

Les and Frets Inventive co-founders, Douglas MacIntyre and Mhairi Anderson, determined to start out up Avondale Radio Station when Les’ good friend Kenny Quigley urged the thought to him on a canine stroll. Kenny is now the Station Supervisor, overseeing greater than 30 exhibits, with accomplice Nancy Luke doing all of the station scheduling.

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Les added: “It actually has gone from an concept Kenny urged on a canine stroll to a tangible service that a great deal of individuals are getting real profit from. We anticipated to have round two or three thousand listeners so to have 14,000 tuning in so rapidly makes us all very proud.

“It’s good to see that the nice work being performed on an area wind farm might be translated straight to profit the area people in a bunch of various methods.”

The group curiosity firm has additionally rented a unit within the coronary heart of Strathaven the place it mentors budding artists via music classes and presents them use of the house for inventive arts.

Purposes for group funding are decided by the Kype Muir Neighborhood Panel (KMCP), a group led group made up of area people councillors who agree how grants might be awarded to finest help native wants, aiming to go away a long-lasting legacy for the wind farm.

Robin Winstanley, sustainability and exterior affairs supervisor with Hamilton-based Banks Group mentioned: “The station has offered locals with high quality leisure from the get-go and has additionally acted as a superb place for its radio volunteers to precise themselves in inventive methods.

“To have the ability to present these funds for priceless tasks like Avondale Radio Station is simply one other nice good thing about the Kype Muir Wind Farm. It’s unbelievable to see the number of excellent tasks the wind farm has been capable of fund, and we’re trying ahead to supporting much more initiatives that profit the native communities round our developments sooner or later.”

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The fund is a part of Banks Renewables’ Connect2Renewables initiative, through which the household agency commits to maximising the financial, social and environmental advantages of all its wind farms in South Lanarkshire.

Kype Muir and Kype Muir extension are set to ship group advantages equating to greater than £770,000 annually made accessible to surrounding communities.

The 41 generators of Kype Muir and Kype Muir extension could have a mixed put in producing capability of over 150MW of electrical energy every year.  This is sufficient to meet the electrical energy wants of greater than 100,000 houses, or greater than 200,000 individuals or a metropolis bigger than Aberdeen.

To seek out out extra about Frets Inventive, go to: https://fretscreative.com/

To seek out out extra about Avondale Radio Station, go to: https://avondaleradio.com/

To seek out out extra about Banks Renewables, go to: https://www.banksgroup.co.uk/renewables/