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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.

Frodsham Wind Farm Drone Survey

Frodsham Wind Farm Drone Survey

 The Turbine and the Drone.

The Turbine and the Drone.

Over the last two months we have been undertaking drone surveys at our wind farm in Frodsham. Throughout that time Ben Smith from Kensson Aerial Imaging has been accompanied and assisted by various members of our team, manoeuvring the DJI commercial drone throughout the moving wind turbines at a height of 300ft.

The end product of the survey is a geo-referenced map, with digital imagery that can produce clarity of image so good that we can analyse the pebbles on the road. The survey serves a number of purposes:

·         Mapping the environmental impacts of the wind farm on the surrounding land

·         Tracking the habitat of the various species of birds we have on site

·         Helping with the maintenance of the access tracks and turbine bases.

The initial drone survey has taken four days to complete, and we will now be undertaking these surveys twice a year.