£800,000 for eco projects in east Hull's Longhill and Southcoates
AN EAST Hull company has been awarded a Big Lottery grant of £800,000 to run eco projects in the area.
Environmental and Management Solutions (EMS) Ltd, based in Preston Road, has been given the pot of cash from the Big Lottery's Communities Living Sustainabily Programme – one of only 12 national awards.
The money will be spent on helping local people to learn more about climate change, grow their own produce and reduce fuel costs and overall carbon footprint.
The project – Green Prosperity – will be run over three years, covering the Longhill and Southcoates East wards.
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Jan Boyd, chief executive of EMS Ltd, said: "We are delighted that Big Lottery has agreed to fund our proposal.
"Along with our partners, we now have three years to really make a difference to the lives of residents living within these wards."
Green Prosperity will have a number of strands, which include:
Energy and waste reduction – Information surveys, one-to-one support and practical solutions to reduce fuel poverty, domestic energy costs and the production of waste.
Green Enterprise – Grass roots support for local people to create new green enterprises.
Food – In association with East Hull Community Farm to give support and advice to residents in growing their own produce and the development of a range of skills relating to sustainable lifestyles.
Green Homecare – Supporting and caring for elderly and vulnerable people while offering green choices.
Eco House – A demonstration house developed and fitted by local people as a training and learning opportunity for local residents.
The eco house will be used to demonstrate best practice and will encourage take-up of energy-saving measures and renewable technologies by the local and wider community.
Geoff Groom, chief executive of EMS partner the Preston Road Neighbourhood Development Company, said: "This is marvellous news. I am sure our project will go a long way to help residents cope with rising food and energy costs."
Steve Alltoft, managing director of partner Probe Ltd, said: "This is an exciting an innovative approach to improving the prosperity and wellbeing of the local communities and our partnership welcomes the opportunity to work with local people to achieve real change."