Wind­farm cash is up for grabs

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By MARK PEARSON

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 iedg­ing­ton@fen­land.gov.uk

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