Bristol Airport community fund takes off

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By Carol_Deacon | Friday, April 19, 2013, 08:15

A fund set up to benefit communities living around Bristol Airport has donated more than £88,900 to a variety of projects and initiatives in its first 12 months. 

The Airport Environmental Improvement Fund was set up in 2012 as one of the commitments the airport agreed to provide in exchange for planning permission for development over the next decade.

Each year Bristol Airport contributes £100,000 to the fund with the figure increasing in line with future growth in passenger numbers.   

The airport's payment is supplemented with any penalties levied on aircraft operators that exceed the noise limits when flying in and out of the airport. 

The fund's management committee includes representatives from both the airport and North Somerset Council and is independently chaired. 

During the past year 19 projects received contributions ranging from £500 to £25,000.  

A variety of initiatives were supported including:

  • An improved footpath in Winford;
  • Play equipment for Cleeve Kids' Corner;
  • Eco lighting at Cleeve village hall;
  • Diamond jubilee tree planting at Felton;
  • Farm project at Court de Wyck Primary School; and
  • A puffin crossing on the A370 in Backwell. 

It has also funded educational and art projects at Backwell School including a community arts day on Saturday, May 11.

This is part of a programme of workshops for families during North Somerset Arts Week 2013 planned by the school's enrichment and community team.

A recently completed project is a new footpath on the A38 by Barrow Gurney providing local residents with a pedestrian access to a newly-created Flyer bus stop.  

The Flyer is the frequent dedicated bus service for journeys between Bristol city centre and the airport.  

The route includes stops in South Bristol, Temple Meads railway station and Marlborough Street bus station.  

Bristol Airport planning and environment director Alan Davies said: "The management committee was delighted to approve grants to a range of projects in the area during the past year. 

"All initiatives have, or will, deliver benefits to the local community and residents thanks to the fund's contribution."

The fund's purpose is to help mitigate the impact of the airport's operations and to give something back to surrounding communities who are situated in close proximity to the site. 

Projects which could be eligible for support include initiatives to mitigate the impact of aircraft and ground noise, improvements to transport infrastructure, measures to reduce community severance, nature conservation, educational projects and local sustainability initiatives.  

The fund's area of benefit includes the parishes of Winford, Wrington, Backwell, Brockley, Cleeve and Barrow Gurney.

For further information contact the Bristol Airport Local Community Fund administrator on 01275 473615, email communityfund@bristolairport.com or  clickHERE to download the community fund application form.

Bristol Airport staff, business partners and customers have raised in excess of £210,000 for a variety of charities which includes; 

Weston Hospicecare;

  • Jessie May Trust;
  • The Tsusami;
  • NSPCC (Bristol Teacher Training Project);
  • Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal;
  • Springboard Opportunity Group;
  • Children's Hospice South West; and Children in Need.

Bristol Airport is keen to support local charitable causes and each year employees nominate a charity, which they electively fundraise for throughout the year.  For 2013 the charity selected by staff is Cots For Tots Appeal whichsupports the world-class work of the Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael's Hospital, Bristol, saving the lives of the sickest, most premature babies from Bristol, Bath, the south west of England and south Wales. 

FACT FILE:

  • Bristol Airport directly employs around 200 people with a wider employee community of nearer 3,000. More than 100 destinations in 30 countries are served direct from Bristol. Planning permission is in place for £150 million development of facilities to handle up to 10 million passengers per annum by 2020.
  • Passenger numbers at Cardiff Airport have fallen below the one million mark for the first time in recent years. The latest provisional figures from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) show 994,885 people flew from the airport in the year to March, which is down 15 per cent. Meanwhile, nearby competitor Bristol Airport saw almost six million passengers in the past 12 months, including a large number from Wales.
  • Bristol Airport at Lulsgate offers direct services to 112 airports across the world, with onward connections accessible from hundreds more cities through international hubs such as Amsterdam, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Brussels, all of which are served by several flights a day. Airlines operating at Bristol Airport include Air France, KLM, Brussels Airlines, Easyjet, Ryanair and Flybe. The airport also has good parking, duty free shopping and a range of fine restaurants and fast-food outlets.

      

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