Creetown bids to generate its own electricity

A plan has been unveiled for Creetown to generate its own electricity and earn funds to benefit the community.

Creetown Initiative has applied to the National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS) to lease an area within Balloch Wood in Galloway Forest amounting to approximately 1.2 hectares.

Administered by the Forestry Commission Scotland, the NFLS gives communities the opportunity to bid to buy or lease national forest land on the basis that it provides increased public benefits.

The land Creetown Initiative has applied to lease lies to the east of Creetown. The object of the project is to install a run-of-river hydro electric scheme on Balloch Burn, thereby giving the community the opportunity to generate low-carbon electricity and income that can be used to support local projects and initiatives.

A 28-day open consultation period is required by the scheme and public comments on any aspect of the proposal are welcome.

Details of the application can be viewed on line at and all comments on the proposals detailed in the application must be submitted by Wednesday, April 2.