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Bristol airport local community fund passes £250,000 milestone

Created: 25th Feb 2015

£80,000 donated to 21 projects local parishes in 2014. A fund set up to benefit the community around Bristol Airport has donated over £258,000 to 66 local projects since it was established three 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.

Paul Hatherall, Chairman Winford Parish Council said:

“We are delighted with the grants we have received from Bristol Airport’s Local Community Fund. The Fund has assisted the parish with a number of initiatives in Felton, Regil and Winford villages. It has supported a wide range of projects including school and pre-school educational visits, safer road crossings, improved church car park and a tree planting project. Since the Fund started in 2012 a total of twelve local projects has now been supported, benefiting the local community which would have been difficult to achieve without financial contributions from the Fund.“

Tim Cooper, Operations Manager (West of England) Groundwork South said:

“The grant from Bristol Airport’s Local Community Fund has enabled us to buy an Outdoor Archery range which is now an important part of our activities at Goblin Combe Environment Centre and has enabled us to provide a new fun activity for children and young people visiting our site from local schools, youth groups and other events. We are very grateful to the Community Fund for supporting us to develop our work and continue to provide fun and enjoyment for the community.”

Last year (2014) a total of 21 projects received contributions ranging from £225 to £22,000. Local initiatives supported include an improved pedestrian crossing on the A38 at Lye Hole in Wrington; information and resource facilities created in Wrington; a school educational visit provided for Winford Pre-school; an environment project for Dundry Slopes; and the purchase of educational outdoor equipment for Goblin Combe Centre, Cleeve.

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.

Applications are currently inviting applications for grants for noise insulation within a defined area close to the airport where the noise impact is greatest.