Blackheath Village

located in the heart of Surrey's beautiful heathland

Blackheath Village Hall Management Committee

February 2016

Press Release

Funding boost for Blackheath Village Hall

Blackheath Village Hall is today celebrating the news that it has received a £20,000.00 funding award from SITA Trust for the 'Lift the Roof' Project.

Blackheath Village Hall is more than 120 years old. It is a building of great character and is a very valued facility among the residents of Blackheath. The fabric of the building needs to be upgraded to secure the hall's future. Funding is being sought to replace the asbestos wall and roof cladding with a modern insulated alternative, and to contribute to lowering part of the stage to create a ground level storage area.

Graham Hayward Chairman of the Village Hall Committee said “Thanks to the help from SITA Trust we are now in a position to achieve what seemed impossible two years ago.”

Marianne Ivin of SITA Trust added “The hall is clearly a central hub for the community and is used every day by a wide range of groups. Important renovations like those being proposed are key to ensuring that these valued facilities remain in use for years to come. SITA Trust provides grants through the Landfill Communities Fund. This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.4 billion.”

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For further information please contact -

Graham Hayward 01483 893969 – Blackheath Village Hall

SITA Trust

SITA Trust is an independent funding body set up in 1997 to provide funding through the Landfill Communities Fund. To date SITA Trust has supported more than 3,700 projects to a combined value of over £105 million using tax credits donated by SITA UK.

SITA Trust funds improve vital public recreation facilities such as village halls, community centres, sport, heritage, green spaces and play areas.

Landfill Tax and the Landfill Communities Fund

The Landfill Communities Fund is an innovative tax credit scheme enabling Landfill Operators (LOs) to contribute money to organisations enrolled with the scheme regulator, ENTRUST, as Environmental Bodies (EBs) EBs use this funding for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites. LOs are able to claim a credit (currently 5.7%) against the landfill tax liability for 90% of the contributions they make.

Since its inception, in 1996, over £1.4 billion has been spent on more than 53,000 projects across the UK. For more information please visit www.entrust.org.uk

For media enquiries about SITA Trust please contact our team on 01454 262910 or email communications@sitatrust.org.uk

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