In collaboration with North Kesteven District Council, Sleaford REP has established and pledged money towards a number of community schemes, providing economic and cultural benefits for the surrounding area.
1. Engineering Apprenticeships
In a partnership with Grantham College, Sleaford REP sponsors a number of engineering apprenticeships at the college.
2. Improving the area with:
Footpaths and Cycleways
£200,000 worth of funding has been provided for footpath and cycleway improvements along Boston Road.
3,000 native trees have been planted along with shrubs and grassland across 5 hectares of land surrounding the plant, increasing the biodiversity of the area. The trees, when they reach full maturity, will also shield the plant.
The plant provides free heat to public buildings in Sleaford town centre including the swimming pool, a primary school and the council offices. This saves the Council money and it also results in CO2 reductions as heating for these buildings would otherwise be from natural-gas-fired boilers.
3. Local Funding
A dedicated £120,000 fund to support a range of community-based projects is administered by the Sleaford REP Community Liaison Panel.
An education programme aimed at local school children that aims to raise the awareness and understanding of energy efficiency, sustainable energy and biomass.
Public Art Fund
£50,000 was provided to develop a new piece of public art which is located at the entrance to the Plant. After being selected by the Sleaford REP Community Liaison Panel through a procurement process, sculptor Michael Condron was chosen to produce the piece in consultation with local school children.
Kirkby-la-Thorpe School Fund
£10,000 was provided to Kirkby-la-Thorpe School for new interactive white boards for their classrooms.
Urban Walks Fund
Sleaford REP is supporting the development of a walk that will link pieces of public art installations around the town of Sleaford.