A grant from Kingston’s Liberal Democrat-run Council is helping improve the environmental credentials of a barge run by local charity The River Thames Boat Project.
The Venturer, a specially adapted boat with easy access for wheelchair users is regularly used by disabled and elderly residents, as well as local schoolchildren for social and educational activities.
Cllr Bob Steed, Executive Member for Grants said: “Kingston Council have provided this local charity with an environmental grant to help them improve an already well-loved community project. The money will be used to install solar panels into the Venturer barge, significantly reducing the boat’s carbon footprint.”
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Funding has also been provided by the Gannett Foundation, the charitable arm of Newsquest which owns the Surrey Comet.
Barry O’Mahony, former Deputy Leader of the Royal Borough of Kingston and ward councillor for St Marks, added: “Being an occasional volunteer on the boat trips, I have seen firsthand the benefits which the River Thames Boat Project brings to passengers. This special boat opens up the Thames to people who would usually be excluded from the pure joy and therapeutic experience of sailing down river.
“I am delighted that they have received financial support from the Gannet Foundation and Kingston Council for the installation of solar panels, which will not only improve the battery life of the boat and drive down costs for the charity – but will make important environmental improvements to the river-based community project.”