One of the key ambitions of this project is to raise more than a million pounds to support and encourage a thriving, involved, active and sustainable community. We will do this by working with organisations which have the benefit of the local community at their heart.
Halton Lune Trust
All the surplus income from Halton Lune Hydro will go to the Halton Lune Trust, a charitable organisation registered with the Charity Commissioners. The Trust will distribute these profits for public benefit at their discretion within and around the Parish of Halton with Aughton in line with the Trust Objectives, and under Charity Commission rules.
The distribution process will place special emphasis on activities that encourage the social involvement of all individuals and voluntary groups within the community in the following ways:
Improving and enhancing recreational opportunities and sporting activities.
Projects could include:
Improving children’s play areas, better sports provision for all age groups,
better provision of local allotments, improving walking and cycling routes to the nearby Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Supporting the energy efficiency measures and carbon reducing technologies.
The Parish Plan promotes the adoption and implementation of sustainability throughout the Parish and so the funding could be used to promote:
- Reducing home energy use by improving insulation, adoption of smart meters and thermostats, help with best tariffs, operating practices etc.
- Reducing home water use and protecting water resources for example rain water storage.
- Using sustainable home building materials and household products.
- Encouraging the use of appropriate renewable technologies such as heat pumps and small scale solar PV.
- Improved public and community transport.
Conservation and heritage
The parish has a heritage that extends back to the Roman era, and was important in both the Medieval period and the Industrial Revolution. Funding will be available to bring this wealth of material to life for residents and visitors alike.
Trustees of Halton Lune Trust are:
John Urry, Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University.
Peter Lambson, who worked in the aircraft Industry and then as a science teacher.
Chris Baxter, an engineer specialising in energy.
Ronald Hepwood, a farmer and Parish Councillor.