In 2014, construction began on a ground-based photovoltaic solar farm on land in the centre of Castle Combe Racing Circuit. In recognition of the disruption to the local area caused by construction traffic, the developers agreed to the provision of a community benefit fund, split between the two Parishes affected; Castle Combe and Yatton Keynell. The sum awarded to Yatton Keynell Parish was £40,000.
Decison process and outcome
Yatton Keynell Parish Council invited applications for a share of the fund, and reviewed them against a range of criteria, including:
- Overall benefit to the Parish and Parishioners
- Cost effectiveness
Successful applicants were notified in writing on or before 1st November 2015.
The following funds were granted:
Bybrook Valley School & Yatton Keynell Recreation Association
A joint application for improvements to the public space between Bybrook Valley School and the Village Hall was granted funding of £7,500
St. Margaret’s Church
Funding of £5,000 was granted to support the installation of improved audio visual equipment for the Church.
Yatton Keynell Recreation Association
A larger project to provide improvements to facilities at the Village Hall was granted funding of £12,500 subject to final plans being completed.
Yatton Keynell Speed Awareness Group
Subject to approval by Wiltshire Council on the placement of Vehicle Activated Signs, funding of £7,500 was granted to support the installation of such safety signage on the edges of the village.
Yatton Keynell Under 5s
A project to install canopies to allow more regular use of outdoor space by the village Pre School was granted funding of £7,190.