A Clydesdale golf club is to benefit from almost £50,000 from the Renewable Energy Fund.
Leadhills Golf Club in Biggar, which is Scotland’s highest golf course, will receive £48,768 from Greencoat Capital Andershaw Windfarm, a contributor to the Renewable Energy Fund.
The money will help the club to buy new machinery, including two ride-on mowers, a walk-behind mower and a trailer to transport tools and equipment.
The new equipment will help the staff and volunteers to maintain the activities and opportunities the golf course provides.
The grant from the Renewable Energy Fund (REF) is 50 per cent of the total project costs, with Clyde Wind Farm approving the remaining 50 per cent to allow the project to go ahead.
Chairman of the council’s community and enterprise resources committee, Councillor Robert Brown, said: “This significant funding from the REF will enable the success of the club to continue, attracting new members and visitors for the development of the whole village, encouraging a prosperous community.
“The club endeavours to improve the vitality of Leadhills and the rural villages surrounding it.
“It works with local businesses to enhance tourism, attracting more visitors and it works well with the primary school to encourage the younger residents to enjoy the game of golf.
“The award also provides sustainability by upgrading to cleaner, more versatile machines, as well as protecting and enhancing the natural environment.
“I am delighted the committee agreed to the funding from the REF and wish Leadhills Golf Club all the best for the future.”
The council has collected and administered community benefit funding through planning and economic development services since 2004.
The service is responsible for securing contributions for developers, offering advice to potential applicants, assessing applications and monitoring projects to ensure that the community benefits associated with each project are delivered.
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