Investing in the Community
We recognise the importance of being part of the wider community and have established a community engagement plan that will have positive impacts on our neighbours.
The development of the Rookery South Energy Recovery Facility will bring a range of local community, employment, infrastructure and environmental benefits to the local area. During the planning process, several ways to contribute to the local community were identified.
These include the development of a Community Trust Fund and a dedicated ‘Woodland Creation Fund’ to provide for both on-site and off-site plantings by the Forest of Marston Vale Trust under the forest plan. The Rookery South team has also committed to funding planting to enhance the entrance and amenity value of the Millennium Country Park and to improve views via a scheme agreed with the Marston Vale Trust.
Additionally, the Rookery South project will provide a subsidy for local residents to reduce their electricity bills through an electricity subsidy scheme, paying a contribution worth 10% of the average electricity bill. This will be administered by a local organisation, GrantScape.
Supporting the local economy
During facility construction, more than 300 jobs will be created, with many jobs going to local people. Covanta and Veolia have developed a Local Employment Scheme that will target local employment, local supplies of materials and services, and encourage training of employees. In addition, 40-50 permanent jobs will be created when the facility comes online in 2021.