Press Release: Immediate
** December 2014
Newport community feeling the heat thanks to Biffa Award funding
The Moreton Millennium Community Centre in Newport has secured a £1,500 grant from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.
The upgrade project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, is currently underway and will replace the existing oil fired boiler with a more efficient condensing boiler.
The existing boiler was installed when the community centre was built in 2000, but following the completion of the project works the committee envisage that the new condensing boiler will reduce oil consumption, cost and emissions. The committee is also hoping to increase the heating capacity for the hall, making it more comfortable and accommodating for our regular functions and activities, especially in the winter months.
Tony Frost, Chairman of Management Committee, Moreton Millennium Community Centre, said:
“We are extremely grateful to Biffa Award for the contribution towards our boiler replacement project. Since taking on the role as Chairman, inadequacy of the heating for events in the hall, has been the most serious issue that we have addressed, because comfort of or visitors is essential if they are to use the facility regularly and it has therefore challenged our viability. Furthermore, heating oil is our highest single annual cost, so a more-efficient, condensing boiler will help to reduce this cost.”
Stan Kerr, Regular user of the village hall and organiser of charitable events, said: “I have been involved in the management of the Millennium Centre and organisation of events for more than 10 years. The most serious problem we have faced is the heating system which is inadequate, inefficient and expensive to run. Replacing the existing 15 year old boiler with a condensing unit will eradicate this problem, improve the effectiveness of the system, reduce the oil consumption cost and improve our carbon footprint.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“We’re pleased to be able to support Moreton Millennium Community Centre with their project of improvements. This is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local spaces for the community.”
For further information please contact:
Tony Frost, Chairman of Management Committee, The Moreton Millennium Community Centre: 01952 691651, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kerri Saxby, PR & Communications Officer, Biffa Award: 01636 670062, email@example.com
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Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts
Since 1997, the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT) has been awarding grants to environmental and community projects under the fund name Biffa Award. The fund administers money donated by Biffa Group Ltd, a leading integrated waste management business.
Biffa Group Ltd
Under the Landfill Tax Regulations 1996, landfill operators like Biffa Group Ltd are liable for taxes on waste deposited in landfill sites. The Landfill Communities Fund allows them to donate a small percentage of their tax liability to projects working to improve communities living within the vicinity of landfill sites. To date, Biffa Award has awarded grants totalling more than £150 million to thousands of worthwhile projects. www.biffa-award.org
Landfill Tax and the Landfill Communities Fund
Any waste that is discarded which cannot be reused, reprocessed or recycled may ultimately be disposed of in a landfill site. To encourage Landfill site Operators (LOs) to re-use, recycle, recover more value from waste and use more environmentally friendly methods of waste disposal, Landfill Tax is charged on each tonne of waste sent to landfill.
LOs are able to redirect a small proportion of landfill tax liability (currently 5.1%) to support a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of their landfill sites through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). The LCF is regulated by ENTRUST on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs, and the projects are delivered by enrolled Environmental bodies (EBs).
Since its inception in 1996, over £1.3 billion has been spent on more than 50,000 projects across the UK. For further information, please visit www.entrust.org.uk or see HMRC’s general guide to Landfill Tax
Biffa Award Funding
Moreton Millennium Hall is a Registered Charity
Registration Number 1049588