By Louise Drewery on 29 August 2017
A wind farm fund that has seen more than £150,000 awarded to 47 community projects in Goole and the surrounding area is to meet for the last time at its annual review meeting on Thursday, 7 September ahead of a new, larger fund being established.
Since 2015, the Goole Fields 1 Wind Farm Community Fund has supported dozens of projects, including improvements to local amenities (e.g. community buildings), community transport, sports facilities and play space. It has also helped groups to enhance the local environment and run events and activities.
With the commissioning of the Goole 2 Wind Farm, in late 2016, the operator Innogy Renewables UK Ltd has committed to increase its contribution to the annual community fund from £70,000 to £200,000.
The new combined fund will open in January 2018 and will be overseen by a new funding panel, which will be recruiting members over the coming weeks. The fund is administered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council who also acts as the accountable body.
As such, the annual review meeting will be an opportunity to reflect on the success of Goole Fields 1 Wind Farm Community Fund and provide a forum to learn more about what being a panel member of the new combined Goole Fields Community Fund involves and how to apply.
Paul Simpson, chair of the Goole Fields 1 Wind Farm Community Fund, said: "It has been a privilege to Chair the Goole 1 Fund Panel and had the opportunity to help so many great community groups in the Goole and surrounding area and would like to thank my fellow panel members for their hard work over the last two years.”
Katy Woodington, community investment officer at innogy, added: “This is an exciting time for the Goole Fields Wind Farm Community Fund. At innogy we are absolutely committed to the local communities where we are located and look forward to expanding our support to highly-valued local community initiatives in the year ahead.”
The annual review meeting will take place at The Courtyard, in Boothferry Road, Goole, on Thursday, 7 September at 6pm.
For further information about the fund or to fill in an e-form to be considered for a position as a panel member, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/goole-fields-fund