Covanta and Veolia recognise the importance of being part of the wider community. At Rookery South, the companies propose to put in place a series of community benefits, and developed others in response to requests from the consultation process.
From the beginning, several ways were identified to contribute to the local community. These included the development of a Community Trust Fund and a dedicated Forest of Marston Vale Trust Fund. The reconnection of rights of way within Rookery South Pit was also identified as a way in which to enhance the area.
As part of the consultation process, Covanta was asked to work on a wide variety of community gain activities from the reduction of household bills to the improvement of village halls. Currently, Covanta and Veolia propose to:
• Introduce a discount scheme to reduce household energy bills;
• Provide a Community Trust Fund;
• Provide education and community facilities;
• Enhance footpaths;
• Enhance the Forest of Marston Vale through a separate Forest of Marston Vale Trust Fund.