Ward councillor urges residents to sign up to the Rookery South Community Energy Initiative
At a Rookery South Community Energy Initiative (RSCEI) presentation to Cranfield Parish Council last night (20 February 2019), Cllr Robert Morris, ward councillor for Cranfield and Marston Moretaine, urged residents to sign up to the scheme.
“I strongly recommend that people apply for the scheme
“Because every penny that comes from this means that it’s a penny less that Covanta will have in their pockets.
“You are, technically, giving them a bloody nose by taking the money.”
The presentation was given by GrantScape Services marketing manager, Tina Knibbs.
Covanta appointed Salford-based GrantScape to manage RSCEI on its behalf. It is a charity that specialises in community benefit fund grant administration.
The RSCEI commits Covanta to contribute £60 (in the first year and index-linked in the following years) towards electricity costs of designated domestic households in the Rookery Pit area.
Registration is open to residents (as of 31 December 2018) of households in the parishes of Brogborough, Cranfield, Houghton Conquest, Lidlington, Marston Moretaine, Millbrook, Stewartby and Wootton.
Residents taking the payment are not endorsing the incinerator
Tina told the parish council that 10,000 letters had been sent out to eligible households. She added that she was aware of some negative comments about the scheme had been posted on social media.
She confirmed when responding to a question from Cranfield Parish Council chair, Delise Ball, that residents signing up to RSCEI are not showing that they agree with the incinerator being built.
“I think that if people sign up to it, it will be a good thing for them to get some money against their electricity bill.”
The payment is equivalent to 10% of the average, annual electricity bill in 2018. The payments will be indexed linked during the lifetime of the initiative, which is a 35 year financial commitment by Covanta.
RSCEI starts when the incinerator commences its commercial operation (estimated 2022). The scheme will come to an end before the 35 years is up if the site is taken out of commission early.
The cut-off date for eligibility was set to 31st December 2018. Tina said:
“The feeling is that anyone moving into the area [after this date] knows that the development is taking place. They’ll be alerted to when they buy their property.
“They are then moving in with that knowledge.”
Three ways to register before the deadline
Those who wish to claim need to register with GrantScape before 28 June 2019. Only those who have registered will be able to make an annual claim when the scheme starts.
Residents can register by responding to the letter, online or at one of the drop-in events: