Council’s Climate Change Fund helps dozens of local organisations bring ‘carbon footprint-reducing’ projects to life

Telford & Wrekin Council has named the first projects that will benefit from its Climate Change Fund.

Council’s Climate Change Fund helps dozens of local organisations bring ‘carbon footprint-reducing’ projects to life

The initiative, which launched in February to support local groups with projects to reduce their carbon footprint, received 69 applications with grant requests totalling over £250,000 – far in excess of the £100,000 originally allocated. Applicants were informed in May if their bid had been successful.

The council has now named the first projects to be given the green light by the funds, which include a community electric charging point in Sambrook, a secure bike storage facility at Burton Borough School and the installation of solar PV systems at a number of buildings across the borough.

Cllr Carolyn Healy, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Green Spaces, Natural and Historic Environment, said:

“I’m delighted that the council’s Climate Change Fund attracted such a terrific response and that we’re now able to start distributing grants to these great projects across the borough.

“Having declared a climate emergency in 2019, we made a commitment for the council’s operations to be carbon neutral by 2030 and we have an aspiration for the whole borough to hit that target too. Initiatives like our Climate Change Fund are one great way that we as a community are taking steps together to achieve that ambitious goal.

“I’m proud that, as a council, we’re not just talking about climate change: we’re taking action. These grants will have a direct and immediate impact on the borough’s carbon footprint, and I’d like to thank all those that applied for the funding – they’ve demonstrated that there’s a real appetite in Telford and Wrekin to help tackle climate change.”

The following organisations will soon receive grants from the Telford and Wrekin Climate Change Fund to take forward their sustainability projects:

  • Admaston House Community Centre towards replacement of existing lighting with LED 
  • All Saints Church, Wellington towards replacement of the existing house and stage lighting with LED lighting
  • Burton Borough School towards secure bike storage 
  • Coalbrookdale and Ironbridge Scout Group towards secondary internal glazing and draught proofing
  • Crudgington Primary School towards improvements to lighting and double glazing
  • Dawley C of E Primary Academy towards upgrade of Academy Hall lighting to LED
  • Dawley Social Club towards a range of energy efficiency measures at the club
  • GDS Property Services, Rodington towards replacement workshop lighting
  • Helping Hands supported accommodation towards a solar PV and battery system at newly acquired premises
  • Holy Trinity Academy for upgrade of strip lighting to LED
  • Ironbridge Eco Bubbles (business) towards an ebike delivery service in The Gorge
  • Lawley Primary School towards becoming a single-use drinks bottle plastic-free school 
  • Lightmoor Village Primary School towards recycling bins
  • Lilleshall Parish Council towards a solar PV system at Lilleshall Tennis Centre
  • Lilleshall Cricket Club towards replacement windows
  • Little Wenlock Village Hall towards replacement of old oil boiler with low carbon heating system
  • Newport CE Junior School towards a bike/scooter shed/storage
  • Newport Town Council for Recycle on the Go bin project
  • Old Park Primary School towards the creation of eco bricks from single use plastic waste
  • Sambrook Village Hall towards a community electric car charging point
  • Sir John Bayley Club towards replacement windows and door
  • St Andrew’s Church, Church Aston towards replacement of existing lighting with LED
  • St Leonards Church, Malinslee towards new LED lighting
  • Wellington Community Arts towards the upgrade of internal and external lighting to LED
  • Wellington Town Council towards a solar PV system at Wellington Public Conveniences
  • Waters Upton Parish Council towards a range of energy efficiency projects across the parish, including a residents’ engagement programme and energy efficiency measures in a number of public buildings

More information on the council’s climate change agenda is available at Sustainable Telford and Wrekin