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Local Community Fund approaches half a million pound milestone

Created: 6th Jul 2016

£108,000 donated to 34 local projects so far in 2016.

A fund set up to benefit the community around Bristol Airport has donated £497,246 to 131 local projects since it was established four years ago.

The Airport Environmental Improvement Fund was set up in 2012 as one of the commitments the Airport agreed to provide in connection with its planning permission for development over the next decade.

Each year Bristol Airport contributes a minimum of £100,000 to the Fund, with the figure increasing in line with growth in passenger numbers. The Fund’s Management Committee includes representatives from both the Airport and North Somerset Council and is independently chaired.

Last year (2015) a total of 32 projects received contributions ranging from £500 to £11,000. Local initiatives supported include sixteen local resident noise insulation grants; an improved pedestrian footpath in Wrington; an educational play scheme for Backwell; outdoor fitness equipment in Winford; solar panels for Cleeve and Felton Village Halls and a pedestrian crossing at Barrow Gurney.

The Fund’s purpose is to help mitigate the impact of the Airport’s operations and to give something back to surrounding communities who are situated in close proximity to the site. Projects which could be eligible for support include initiatives to mitigate the impact of aircraft and ground noise, improvements to transport infrastructure, measures to reduce community severance, nature conservation, educational projects and local sustainability initiatives. The Fund’s area of benefit includes the parishes of Winford, Wrington, Backwell, Brockley, Cleeve and Barrow Gurney.

A recent beneficiary of the Fund was the YMCA Somerset Coast, based at Barley Wood House, Wrington, with a grant to support the Forest School for local children. Stephen Hooper, Project Development, YMCA Somerset Coast said:

"With the support from the Bristol Airport Local Community Fund, YMCA Somerset Coast has been able to equip the Forest School at Barley Wood House with the tools and equipment needed to launch the project. Since Easter, 136 local children have attended the school which runs during school holidays. It is proving to be very popular and young people are really enjoying the experience."

For further information please contact the Bristol Airport Local Community Fund Administrator on 01275 473615 or email [email protected].

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