THE Dunfermline public will get their say on controversial proposals to build wind turbines at Pitreavie playing fields and Halbeath park and ride.

Planning applications are being prepared by Fife Council for the two sites as part of an energy scheme they say will provide a windfall of £11.75 million and protect jobs.

But before the plans are submitted, three information meetings will be held for the public to find out more.

The drop-in events will be at Crossgates Community Centre on Monday, from 4 to 8pm, at Parkgate Community Centre in Rosyth on Wednesday, from 4 to 8pm, and in the John Marshall Community Centre in Pitcorthie, on Monday 15th December, from 5 to 9pm.

The electricity created by these wind turbines would be used in council buildings to help reduce carbon emissions and cut energy bills.

Investigations into the potential development of a number of other sites for turbines that would feed all of their power into the national grid are also under way.

In August the council said they had carried out detailed studies on 25 areas of land with a council building next to them, shortlisted from an original list of 50.

Most were “no longer viable” due to technical or planning restraints but five potential sites were identified – four of them in West Fife and the fifth in Kennoway.

They were the sites in Pitreavie and Halbeath, as well as Inverkeithing High School and Dalgety Bay Leisure Centre.

There are also plans to put wind turbines at the Lochhead landfill site near Wellwood.

The council ditched hugely controversial proposals to put turbines in the Public Park and Pittencrieff Park in Dunfermline.

They have also ruled out sites including Aberdour, Bellyeoman, Blairhall, Camdean, Crossgates, Donibristle, Kelty, Park Road, St John’s and Touch primary schools, St Columba’s and Woodmill high schools, Townhill Park, Duloch Park, North Queensferry and Blairhall community centres, Tulliallan Golf Course in Kincardine, Blairadam playing fields in Kelty, Rosyth Resource Centre, Cullaloe Reservoir in Aberdour, Calais Muir and Valleyfield woods and Ballast Bank in Inverkeithing. Among the sites still under consideration are two at Lilliehill Farm in Townhill and two former bings in Blairhall.