Local groups to benefit from first Armistead wind farm community fund grants

July 24, 2013 | Armistead News

Four community groups in South Cumbria are set to receive more than £6,000 between them after being chosen as the first recipients of grants from the benefits fund linked to the area’s newest wind farm.

Banks Renewables will provide up to £307,500 of community funding from the revenue of its newly constructed Armistead Wind Farm, near Old Hutton, over its 25-year lifespan to help make a positive, long-term difference to local voluntary groups, environmental projects and community facilities in the area.

The allocation of the Fund’s first grants was agreed at a meeting of representatives from the six nearest parish councils, and this funding committee is now encouraging further applications from local projects that can be considered at its next meeting in August.

The largest of the initial grants, which is worth £3,000, has been given to The Parochial Church Council of St John the Baptist Church in Old Hutton to support the re-roofing of the north side of the building’s nave, while a further £1,700 donation will enable the purchase of new curtains, linings with fireproofing at Preston Patrick Memorial Hall.

Endmoor & District Community First Responders will be investing their £1,000 grant in a range of new life-saving equipment, and the Mansergh Parish Meeting has received £318 to buy an outdoor notice board which will replace the existing rotting notice board in Rig Maiden.

Banks is currently progressing two other wind farms in the county which are at different stages of development, each of which will also have new funding for community improvements attached.

It has begun preparatory work in advance of construction of the Heysham South wind farm, a three-turbine scheme located to the south east of the town for which planning permission was secured last year, and is looking to secure approval to build the proposed Killington scheme, which would be located on land between the A684 Sedbergh Road and Junction 37 of the M6.

Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, says: “Our aim is to provide tangible benefits to all the communities in which we operate, and this first tranche of funding awards is just the beginning of the positive long-term benefit that the Armistead scheme will provide to the facilities enjoyed in the surrounding communities.

“All the organisations we’re supporting already do excellent work in their respective areas, and all of the grants we’ve made will help to meet a particular local need.

“We’re very pleased with the number of grant applications that we’ve received so far, but would very much welcome more, and with more than half of this year’s funding capital still to be allocated, there’s every chance for local groups close to our Armistead Wind Farm with great ideas to secure some or all of the money they need to make them happen.”

Projects, community groups, or voluntary organisations looking for funding in the vicinity of Banks’ Armistead Wind Farm should contact James Eaglesham at the Banks Community Fund on 0191 378 6342.

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