PORT OF SHEERNESS TURBINES PUT WIND IN LOCAL CHARITY’S SAILS

PORT OF SHEERNESS TURBINES PUT WIND IN LOCAL CHARITY’S SAILS

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One of the four Port of Sheerness wind turbines owned and operated by Peel Energy is sited on land owned by the Queenborough Fishery Trust (QFT), a local charity. Peel Energy pays an annual rent to the trust via the port for hosting the turbine.

The trust uses the rent it receives from the Port of Sheerness and from other leases of its property, much on and around the Isle of Sheppey, to support the local community. It chiefly gives grants to local organisations who work to provide recreational and educational facilities on the Island and in the Sittingbourne and Faversham areas, and also helps individuals in need and to relieve poverty.

Recent awards made by the QFT in and around Queenborough include to Holy Trinity church to help restore the church hall and grounds, the Queenborough 650 group for celebrations of the town’s borough charter granted by Edward III and Sheppey Sea Cadets for a new minibus, as well as long-term support to the Queenborough Town Community Centre.

The QFT is an independent registered charity with a board of 10 volunteer trustees, two of whom are nominated by Swale Borough Council, two by Queenborough Town Council and six drawn from the local community. The trust has a long history, with its origins rooted in centuries-old local ownership of oyster beds in the Swale off Queenborough. The trust passed to Swale council when local government was re-organised in 1974 and operated under the council’s umbrella until it was re-formed in 2015 as an independent charity registered in its own right with the Charity Commission. 

Peel Energy is at the forefront of delivering secure, affordable and clean power with projects in solar, wind, district heating, biomass, marine and hydro energy spanning the UK from Shetland in the north to Sheerness in the south.  Port of Sheerness wind farm was commissioned in September 2016 and will continue to pay rent to the trust helping support its good causes for its entire 25 year life.

To find out more about the Queenborough Fishery Trust, please click here.

Combatting of fly-tipping at Frodsham Marshes

Combatting of fly-tipping at Frodsham Marshes

 ‘Kent Carriage Gap’ at Cross Lane / Lordship Lane  The clue is in the status given to Cross Lane: it’s a ‘Restricted Byway’. Earlier this year Frodsham Wind Farm and Manchester Ship Canal got together to investigate ways in which the fly-tipping that had been taking place along Cross Lane could be tackled. The issue was that people were driving along this route dumping rubbish, even though its status prohibits the use of motorised vehicles.  The solution is a ‘Kent Carriage Gap’ – a configuration of bollards that allows cyclists, walkers and even people driving a horse & carriage (hence the name) to get through, but not motor vehicles. Two of these have now been installed and over the last two months we are pleased to have noticed a dramatic decrease in fly-tipping along Cross Lane.  These works were funded entirely by MSCC, working in partnership with Frodsham Wind Farm.

‘Kent Carriage Gap’ at Cross Lane / Lordship Lane

The clue is in the status given to Cross Lane: it’s a ‘Restricted Byway’. Earlier this year Frodsham Wind Farm and Manchester Ship Canal got together to investigate ways in which the fly-tipping that had been taking place along Cross Lane could be tackled. The issue was that people were driving along this route dumping rubbish, even though its status prohibits the use of motorised vehicles.

The solution is a ‘Kent Carriage Gap’ – a configuration of bollards that allows cyclists, walkers and even people driving a horse & carriage (hence the name) to get through, but not motor vehicles. Two of these have now been installed and over the last two months we are pleased to have noticed a dramatic decrease in fly-tipping along Cross Lane.

These works were funded entirely by MSCC, working in partnership with Frodsham Wind Farm.

Meet Frodsham's new survey team member!

Meet Frodsham's new survey team member!

 As part of our compliance with planning conditions we have to carry out a lot of surveys- some of them quite specialized. The newest member of our environmental team is Arnold who will be on site from April until September helping us learn more about our wildlife.  Thanks to Wagtail for introducing us to Arnold, we can't wait to see him in action!   

As part of our compliance with planning conditions we have to carry out a lot of surveys- some of them quite specialized. The newest member of our environmental team is Arnold who will be on site from April until September helping us learn more about our wildlife.

Thanks to Wagtail for introducing us to Arnold, we can't wait to see him in action!

 

Marshes CBF Third Round

Marshes CBF Third Round

Marshes CBF has announced the successful applicants from the third round of awards made by the community benefit fund.

Once again there was a great deal of interest, with the total funding sought being just over £216,000 against an available amount of £72,000. The independent Panel of local residents agreed to award £71,451 to seven projects which in the views of the Panel best met the requirements and objectives of the Community Benefit Fund.

The successful applicants are: 

  • Helsby High School was awarded £35,000 towards the development of community netball courts which will also be available for other uses.
  • Hornsmill Pre-School in Helsby receives £20,000 for a footpath to improve pedestrian access from the A56 Chester Road, taking pressure off parking requirements at the school and surrounding areas.  
  • Alvanley Cricket Club will receive partial funding of £10,000 towards new practice nets.
  • Radiate Arts, a CIC, was awarded £1,269 for table-top easels and an iPad for delivering its ‘Feel Great...Create’ art projects campaign involving primary school pupils and care homes for the elderly in the Fund area.
  • Helsby Community Association was awarded £2,100 for improvements to the disabled toilets at the Community Centre & Library.
  • Frodsham Volleyball Club received a further £1,129 to develop a 6-a-side team
  • Frodsham Players, a local theatre group, £1,953 will receive for new LED lighting.  

Dianne Walker (Panel Chairman) explained that Panel members thought the standard of applications was high and difficult choices had to be made but, the Panel feels that the projects awarded funding will significantly benefit the residents in the areas surrounding the Frodsham Wind Farm. 

The Panel members will be monitoring the projects as they develop to ensure they meet the objectives set out in the signed agreements. The small remainder of the funds available in this round, but not allocated to projects, will be carried forward in reserves.
 

Wrexham Glyndwr University meets Frodsham Wind Farm

Wrexham Glyndwr University meets Frodsham Wind Farm

 The students, Muir and Michael on site.

The students, Muir and Michael on site.

Students from Wrexham Glyndwr University visited the wind farm as part of their Renewables and Sustainable Engineering programme. David Sprake, the programme Director for the University said:

 

“We had a fantastic talk by Managing Director Muir Miller and Operations Manager Michael Humphreys about the planning process the project had to undertake before approval, the engineering and construction challenges, and how this was achieved in an environmentally sensitive area that required careful management of the local habitat and wildlife”.

 

Muir and Michael gave the students a tour of the site, which included a visit to the wind farm control centre and several of the turbines. The pair were met with many interesting questions about the day-to-day running of the wind farm, as well as more technical questions about the engineering design and construction of the turbines themselves. David Sprake noted that “trips like this one help bring to life the theory we teach in the classroom.” It is clear that these students represent the future of the Renewable and Sustainable Engineering, and Peel Energy are pleased to be involved in supporting their education and development.