Apply for your chance to have say on funding

Some of the Infinis Energy turbines, near Widdrington.
Some of the Infinis Energy turbines, near Widdrington.

Just over a week remains for residents to register their interest for a select panel which will help decide how a benefits package – worth more than £100,000 each year – will be spent in the local area.

A community fund is to be set up following the installation of the nine-turbine North Steads Wind Farm, at Maiden’s Hall and Steadsburn, as well as the neighbouring four-windmill scheme, known as the Sisters Wind Farm, near Widdrington Village.

The windfarms, constructed by Infinis Energy, will provide an annual benefits package totalling £133,500 per annum (circa £92,000 North Steads / £41,000 Sisters), for the lifetime of the schemes.

Last month, Infinis, together with Community Foundation Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, as well as Northumberland CVA, hosted a series of community consultation events in Hadston, Widdrington Vllage and Widdrington Station for residents and councillors to learn more about the benefit fund.

People are being encouraged to apply for the chance to be selected onto the fund’s advisory panel, to help decide how the cash is spent. Submit applications by November 18.

This is the opportunity for local people within the area of the windfarms to self-nominate and for those parish councils that fall within a 5km radius of the windfarms to nominate a council representative for the panel. An induction meeting for the panel is expected to take place next year.

At Monday’s East Chevington Parish Council meeting, members said they were keen to have representation on the panel.

To get a form, email general@communityfoundation.org.uk