Windfarm cash is up for grabs
COMMUNITY groups can take advantage of grants available to people living near Whittlesey’s Glassmoor wind turbine development.
People who live within three miles of the site are invited to submit ideas that will enhance their local environment.
Projects that have already benefitted from the fund include Whittlesey Junior Football Club and Ramsey Mereside Village Hall Association.
The football club has planted natural hedgerows around their new pitches that are bringing derelict land back into community use.
The hedgerow is made up of hawthorn, hazel, blackthorn and oak to provide wind protection for the sports pitches and an environmental haven for native species.
The village hall association has provided pedestrian and wheelchair access to their new multi-use games area.
The pathway is constructed of an environmentally friendly draining surface material that allows rainwater to drain away naturally.
And the association has also been granted funding for a micro wind turbine at the village hall to reduce energy bills and their impact on the environment.
The grants project is funded from the proceeds of the eight wind tur- bines, following an agreement with Fenland District Council, Huntingdonshire District Council and Fenland Windfarms Ltd.
The fund is to continue for the life of the turbines, which is thought to be 25 years.
Chair of the Glassmoor Local Environment Fund committee, Ian Walker, said: “The projects funded previously demonstrate the opportunity for our communities to deliver environmental improvements and initiatives in the local area.
“We hope plenty of ideas will be submitted for the latest opportunity to access funding.”
The latest opportunity for bids to be submitted is July 19. To obtain a form, call 01354 602167 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org