£1.5m wind farm community funds unveiled for Lincolnshire onshore works

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 2 Nov 2017

COMMUNITY funds worth £1.5 million are being unveiled this month by the team behind Triton Knoll offshore wind farm.

People neighbouring the onshore cable route and electrical systems for the 900MW renewable energy investment are being invited to help determine how they will be managed.

Households likely to benefit from the funding as part of the scheme will receive detailed information this week regarding options for the pot, with an invitation to get involved in the consultation over the next month.

Now wholly owned by Innogy, Triton Knoll was awarded a Contract for Difference last month, with financial sign off anticipated nearly next year. 

The team has expressed a strong desire to use Able Marine Energy Park at North Killingholme to build out the project, and since the announcement, has announced several preferred suppliers for the critical infrastructure. 

Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm will support two funds:

  • A £500,000 one-off Construction Community Fund – which will be delivered to local areas neighbouring the onshore electrical system works.
  • An Annual Community Fund of £40,000 – which will focus on communities neighbouring the landfall location near Anderby Creek, as well as the above ground infrastructure at Bicker Fen, and which will be available for every year that the planned offshore wind farm is in operation. At 25 years, that equates to £1 million.

The consultation exercise will run from November 6 to December 4 and is specifically targeted at those areas neighbouring the onshore electrical system, as these are most closely associated with Triton Knoll’s onshore construction activities.

Formal consultation information has been sent to households within a radius of 5km of the substation, 3km of the landfall and within 1km of the onshore cable route. It has also been sent to all parish councils in both hard and electronic copy.
Various drop-in sessions will take place in areas along the cable route for local people to pop in and talk directly to the project team.

Responses can also be given online at www.tritonknoll.co.uk/cfconsultationThe identical hard copy consultation questionnaire can also be completed and posted back to the project.

DROP IN SESSIONS

Wednesday, November 8

3pm to 7pm: Anderby Village Hall, Sea Road, Anderby, Skegness, Lincolnshire, PE24 5YB

Thursday, November 9

3pm to 7pm: Bicker Village Hall, Cemetery Road, Bicker, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE20 3BT

Wednesday, November 15 

3pm to 7pm: Little Steeping Village Hall, Station Road, Little Steeping, Lincolnshire, PE23 5BQ

Thursday, November 16

2pm to 6pm: Frithville Village Hall, Church Corner, Frithville, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE22 7EX

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