UK offshore wind farms contribute to UK’s Coastal Communities Fund

March 23rd, 2013 by RenewableUK

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The steam locomotive LNER B12 No. 8572 travels towards Weybourne, Norfolk on 30 October 2010 with a new offshore wind farm in the distance. UK offshore wind farms provide some revenue to the UK’s Coastal Communities Fund (click image to expand – image @Gerry Balding published under Creative Commons License)

RenewableUK welcomed the announcement made on 13 March 2013 by Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the UK Treasury, that coastal communities around the UK will be getting a share of millions of pounds of funding to create jobs and support local projects.

The Coastal Communities Fund – a pot of money worth £27.8 million this year – is financed partly from revenue generated by the UK’s offshore wind sector.

Last year the CCF provided £23.7 million to help UK coastaltowns and villages to create training and employment opportunities, such as an apprenticeship scheme to encourage shellfish farming in Cornwall, and the establishment of Europe’s first National Coastal Tourism Academy in Bournemouth, Dorset.

Applications for this year’s funding are now being invited from UK charities, voluntary groups, and community organisations, as well as local authorities, development agencies and private sector companies around the UK for the next round of coastal regeneration projects.

Nick Medic, RenewableUK’s Director of Offshore Wind, said “the Coastal Communities Fund is a welcome initiative linking benefits to coastal communities across the UK with the Government’s income from a range of marine activities, including offshore wind.

“The announcement by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander that the pot of money available this year will increase by more than 15% compared to last year is proof of the economic benefits generated by the UK’s offshore wind sector.”

“The offshore wind industry is fully behind the Coastal Communities Fund, and we find it particularly impressive that it has made such a big difference to local communities in a relatively short time. The take up of the initiative is heartening and we see it delivering many more projects of importance in the future,” he said.

 

 

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