THE Veolia North Thames Trust (VNTT) has received a record £3.3million from landfill operators Veolia Environmental Services (VES) to help fund local community projects over the next 12 months.
Doug Benjafield, Chair of VNTT, said, “The company have made some most generous contributions over the years to ourselves and to the three pre-2013 merger Veolia Trusts. However, the Trustees and I were very surprised and pleased with the size of this new tranche of funding, in view of the current economic climate and its effects on the landfill industry.
“It comes at a time when the number of applications we receive from local organisations is on the increase and it is very important that we continue to support these projects that make such a positive contribution to our local communities. We are most grateful to VES and thank them for their continued support for the Trust through the Landfill Communities Fund”.
Over the last 16 years the Trust has delivered more than £40.4milllion to 1232 projects across the North Thames area.
Projects supported this year include:-
£90,000 for improved facilities at Coalhouse Fort
£25,000 for gym equipment at South Ockendon Recreation Ground
£8,318 for a watering system at Springhouse Bowls Club
£5,500 for provision of a secure garden at Gray Parish Hall.
In addition, the Trust has supported numerous initiatives through project partners including local authorities, RSPB and Essex Wildlife Trust.
At the most recent Trust meeting, Trustees allocated almost £0.5 million for community projects across south east Essex. Mr Benjafield added, “I should like to take this opportunity to once again thank VES for their generous support”.
The VES funding was delivered as part of the company’s commitment to the Landfill Communities Fund and will benefit local areas around the landfill sites at Pitsea, Ockendon and Rainham.