Woolfords, Auchengray and Tarbrax Improvement Foundation (WAT IF?) is a pro-active, locally based charitable organisation which aims to improve the quality of life for all residents. Muirhall Energy is particularly proud to have been pivotal in the development of this initiative.
From its inception, WAT IF? has worked hard to identify achievable initiatives which would support the local community.
WAT IF? is almost at the end of their second Community Action Plan (2018 – 2023) and some of the most successful projects include:
Continuing with our commitment to an excellent level of community investment, Muirhall Windfarm has made an annual community investment over 4 times the Renewables Fund Contribution Rate at the date of consent. Currently, the total community benefit distributed from the 11 turbines of Muirhall Windfarm and Extensions amounts to over £182,000 per year.
Chris Walker, Director at Muirhall Energy is pleased to see the positive results of the community investment fund;
For people living in a rural location with no public transport, being able to drive is vitally important, and thanks to the local development trust, residents of Woolfords, Auchengray and Tarbrax can apply for financial support to help with the cost of driving lessons.
Grants of up to £250 are available for residents living in the WAT IF? area, and the Trust awarded its first grant to 18-year-old Rebecca Black:
The volunteers of the Forth Community First Responder Scheme who cover from Forth to Carnwath, including the villages of Woolfords, Auchengray and Tarbrax, received a second First Responders Kit through funding secured by WAT IF? This essential equipment means that there are two kits available for the volunteers to use, increasing the efficiency of how they operate.
Chris Walker, the Director of Muirhall, said:
WAT IF? is an excellent example of what can be achieved though positive co-operation between local people and a supportive local developer. Muirhall Energy is delighted to have established such a strong relationship with this pro-active community and our ambition is to build on this success across our portfolio of projects.
“WAT IF? has consistently benefitted from the MuirhallEnergy community benefit funds since the Trust was established in 2012. These funds have enabled the Trust to grow as needed, taking on staff and undertaking projects within the communities immediately surrounding the Muirhall and Muirhall South windfarms. The entire team at Muirhall Energy have always been very supportive of the Trust’s work, taking an interest in projects and attending stakeholder engagement events ”.
Meet the WAT IF? staff team below.