Centrica Storage Limited (CSL) has donated £10,000 to community projects across East Yorkshire.
The company, which acquired the Caythorpe Gas Storage project in 2008, has allocated £10,000 of funding across five projects in the East Riding parishes of Burton Agnes, Rudston and Boynton.
Burton Agnes Primary School has received £4,300 to support the creation of a sensory garden, which will provide children, parents and visitors with space where they can develop an understanding of the world around them and how to care for the environment.
Darren Oliver, terminal manager at CSL, said: “Once again, we are delighted to be able to support some fantastic community projects across East Yorkshire. We have had a host of funding applications for a variety of exciting projects, all of which will benefit the communities they serve, and it has been a tough task selecting the schemes to support.
“The independent panel of judges were extremely impressed with the creativity, content and aspiration of all the applications, which seem to get better each year.
“Burton Agnes Primary School’s sensory garden project is a fantastic example of just how a single project can benefit not just a single group of people but a whole community and we are looking forward to watching it come to fruition over the next year or so, as we are all of the projects.”
The school’s project, which is expected to start in September and take one year to complete, will focus on science and nature, incorporate a weather station and catalyse the foundation of a science club.
Helen Jameson, headteacher at Burton Agnes Primary School, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this funding which will make a huge difference to our pupils, parents and the local community for many years to come. Thanks to Centrica’s incredibly generous support, this is a fantastic opportunity to inspire young people to form personal connections with nature.”
The other four projects to receive funding this year are: Burton Agnes Parish Council’s project to erect a bus shelter in the village; the installation of three eco-friendly hand dryers at Boynton Village Hall; Village Matters’ application to create a communal area in Gransmoor; and the running of a 10-week tennis coaching course for children at Rudston Tennis Club.
This year, CSL made £10,000 of funding available compared with £5,000 in previous years.
CSL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Centrica plc. It operates the Rough gas storage facility in the southern North Sea and the Easington onshore gas processing terminal. CSL will manage the Caythorpe Gas Storage site through construction and later when it becomes operational.
Centrica plc acquired the Caythorpe Gas Storage project from Warwick Energy and owns the onshore Caythorpe gas producing field, which is a substantially depleted onshore gas field located close to the National Transmission System. Caythorpe has planning permission for conversion to an onshore gas storage facility with a capacity of up to 7.5 billion cubic feet (bcf) of gas.
CSL’s plan to develop a mid-range gas storage facility at Caythorpe is currently on hold. This is due to the current reduced price volatility in the UK Gas Market, which is a key to the value of the project. CSL continues to keep the project under review.