Around £57,500 will be allocated to 24 community projects this year as part of the ongoing funding arrangement with Infinis, the operators of the Lissett Wind Farm.
Now in its fifth year, the fund was established as part of an ongoing commitment made by Infinis the operating company when the 12-turbine wind farm was built on Lissett Airfield.
To date, the fund has spent £268,553.05 on 94 projects since 2010, benefitting 21 communities near the wind farm.
Decisions are made by a fund panel made up of representatives from the following organisations: Barmston and Fraisthorpe Parish Council; Beeford Parish Council; Burton Agnes Parish Council; Foston-on-the-Wolds Parish Council; Kelk Parish Council
Lissett and Ulrome Parish Council; Skipsea Parish Council; East Riding of Yorkshire Council; The developer.
The fund opened to receive enquiries and applications on 1 February 2014 and closed on 30 April 2014, with 84 requests for application packs being received and 36 applications submitted.
Successful applications included an allocation of £5,000 towards the renovation of Nafferton Village Hall, £1,800 towards the restoration of the war memorial at Foston-on-the-Wolds, £9,000 for a pilot bus service in North Holderness, to be delivered by HART, and £4,200 for a feasibility study for a cycle route by Lissett and Ulrome Parish Council.
Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economy, investment and inequalities at East Riding of Yorkshire Council and chair of the Lissett Community Wind Farm Fund, said: “The fund continues to benefit communities located near to the wind farm and it is really pleasing that another 24 projects will go-ahead thanks to this money.
“Love them or loathe them, we do have a number of wind farms in the East Riding and the council is keen to see local communities benefit should wind farms be established in their vicinity through funding for local community projects and it is good to see that interest in the fund from parish and town councils was again strong.”
Upon securing a further grant of circa £3,000 for landscaping equipment, the committee and trustees of Skispea Village Hall have erected a plaque in the new hall’s foyer to recognise the support of the Lissett Community Wind Farm Fund and have also written to the council expressing their thanks, saying: “As a small village, we have been fortunate to gain, through generous donations and grants, the finance to build our wonderful community facility.
“This year’s grant will enable us to maintain the site of Skipsea Village Hall in a way that enhances our village and the experience of those passing through, hopefully imparting the appearance that we are a community that cares about the environment and the impact it has on those who live here.”
On Thursday, 10 July, the Lissett Community Wind Farm Fund will be hosting its annual review meeting (ARM) and will hear from a number of previous beneficiaries from the fund.
The meeting will be held at Hutton Cranswick Methodist Church Hall at 6pm.