Wind farm operator donates cash to Rotherham village

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Children in a South Yorkshire village can watch DVDs at a cinema club thanks to a wind farm operator paying for two televisions and two DVD recorders.

Banks Renewables, which runs a wind farm at Ulley, Rotherham, gave a £1,000 donation to Treeton Parish Council to buy better equipment for a cinema club run at Treeton Youth Centre.

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The centre offers arts and crafts sessions, indoor games, cooking and sports activities as well film screenings for children in the Rotherham village.

Banks Renewables supports community projects in Aston, Thurcroft, Treeton, Ulley and Whiston - the areas which surround Penny Hill wind farm - and so far over £40,000 has been handed out to good causes.

Treeton Parish Councillor, Terry Adair, said: “The Youth Centre provides a terrific resource for our younger people to access, and encouraging other family members to get involved as well means that there’s a real community feel about the place.

“The cinema club is one of the most popular activities that the Youth Centre puts on.

“Having better equipment on which to show its films will hopefully mean that we’ll get even bigger audiences in the future.

“The funding available to support projects like the Treeton Youth Centre is naturally always under pressure, so generous donations like this one from Banks Renewables are always very welcome and allow us to make service improvements that might otherwise be out of reach.”

The Penny Hill Wind Farm Community Fund will provide over £500,000 for community projects over the predicted 25-year lifespan of the six-turbine farm, which produces enough electricity to power 12,000 homes over a year.

The firm wants to install sonar panels on six hectares of land next to the wind farm.

Lewis Stokes, of Banks Renewables, said: “Treeton Youth Centre not only gives local young people somewhere in which to pursue their interests and spend their leisure time, but also provides chances for them to learn skills that will last a lifetime, and we’re very pleased to be supporting such a worthwhile community project.”

Projects, community groups or voluntary organisations looking for a grant of up to £3,000 should contact James Eaglesham on 0191 378 6342.