23 January 2018

The Glamorgan Woodturners Club in Margam, Cwm Brombil Ladies WI and Margam Cricket Club are among this year’s beneficiaries of the Margam Community Benefit Fund which supports community groups in the ward of Margam.

The Margam Community Benefit Fund was established in 2016 by Margam Green Energy in partnership with Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. The annual community fund of £17,500 is available for the 20-year lifetime of Margam Green Energy, a new waste wood fired power station that is nearing completion on land adjacent to Harbour Way in Margam.

Margam Green Energy Limited is providing the funding to promote inward investment and to support community facilities and activities in the local area. The individual grants of up to £3000 have this year once again supported a range of projects, making a positive impact in the areas of health and recreation, the environment and culture within the ward of Margam.

Glamorgan Woodturners was awarded £2,900 to purchase new workshop equipment for their members and to attract new members of all ages. Cwm Brombil Ladies WI received money to help them set up their group, whilst Margam Cricket Club received money for a new grass mower.

Other recipients included Tata Sailing Club for a new boat, Port Talbot Sea Cadet Unit 537 for a defibrillator and first aid equipment and Margam Community Centre for new chairs.

Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council Cllr Rob Jones said: “The Margam Community Fund continues to help a broad range of community groups and activities, and people of all ages, in Margam.   It’s a striking example of the private sector working with Neath Port Talbot Council for the benefit of the local community.”

Peter Dickson, Director of Glennmont Partners, the owner of the Margam Green Energy plant said: “This is the second year of the Fund and we are pleased such a diverse range of groups in the Margam area are benefiting from the money that we make available each year.”

Anyone interested in joining the Glamorgan Woodturners Club in Margam should contact Mr William Morgan (Club Secretary) on 01639 886106.

Notes to Editors:

Application forms and guidance notes for the 2018 Margam Community Benefit Fund are available from Neath Port Talbot Council, Project Development and Funding Unit, Port Talbot Civic Centre. 01639 763552 / 763390.

The Margam Community Fund is an extra voluntary benefit contribution offered by Margam Green Energy to the ward of Margam and those living closest to the plant. The Fund pays Neath Port Talbot Council on the 1st March each year an annual payment of £17,500. This payment ceases on the 19th anniversary of the payment of the first instalment. Neath Port Talbot Council performs the duties of the Grant Management Organisation and administer the fund for the exclusive benefit of the ward of Margam.

The Margam Community Benefit Fund is an open programme and applications can apply at any time of year. The Steering (Assessment) Group will determine bids on a regular basis.