Press release | 2016-07-20 | 09:00 AM

Whitstable and Herne Bay to benefit from wind farm fund

Vattenfall, the owner of the Kentish Flats Wind Farm, is calling on local community groups to apply for grants from the Kentish Flats Extension Community Benefit Fund. Vattenfall, the owner of the Kentish Flats Wind Farm, is calling on local community groups to apply for grants from the Kentish Flats Extension Community Benefit Fund.

The fund will be divided equally between Whitstable and Herne Bay coastal areas and the assessment panel will consist of representatives from Area Member Panels for both towns as well as Canterbury City Council and Vattenfall.

The application process will be judged using a strict criteria and a point scoring system. Documentation will be available from Friday 22nd July 2016 and groups will have until 30 September to apply. £100,000 was paid to Canterbury City Council on completion of the development and they will administer the fund on behalf of Vattenfall.

Tony Francis, Operations Manager for Kentish Flats Extension, said: “Throughout the project and operational phase of our wind farms we have become very involved in both Herne Bay and Whitstable communities through supporting local events and working with schools and organisations. We are very aware of how much effort is put into local communities by many and we are confident that this fund will make a difference.”

Cllr Andrew Cook, Chairman of the Herne Bay Area Member Panel, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our local community groups to access funds to make a real benefit for our coastal town.”

Cllr Stephen Bartley, Chairman of the Whitstable Area Member Panel, said: “This is a great opportunity and I’d encourage as many local community groups as possible, from across Whitstable and Herne Bay, to submit ideas and put the funding to good use. I’m looking forward to seeing what applications come forward."

Application forms/criteria can be found on Canterbury City Council’s website www.canterbury.gov.uk/vattenfallcommunityfund. If you have any questions relating to the fund, please contact Andrew Smith, Development Officer - [email protected]