Important update from Project Genesis regarding Visit Consett

Important update from Project Genesis regarding Visit Consett
Community News Project Genesis
To the Visit Consett Community
It’s come to my attention that the people promoting objection to the Hownsgill Energy from Waste facility being promoted by Project Genesis have been attempting to use the Visit Consett website and social media pages to support their objections. I am therefore making this statement to clarify a few things:
The Visit Consett website and social media pages are one of a number of community benefit initiatives and projects which have been funded by and continue to be promoted and paid for by Project Genesis. The website is designed to celebrate and promote Consett and the surrounding area and has had significant success in doing so over the last 18 months. Attempts to damage this will not be tolerated and the administrators have been instructed not to allow it to be used for political or protest reasons.
Project Genesis has the objective of benefitting the community and will continue to do so promoting projects which will create sustainability and a robust economy. In the recent past Project Genesis has:
Provided funding to establish and run the Visit Consett website
Provided funding and delivered the Consett and Genesis Heritage Trail
Upgraded sections of the C2C cycle route
Funded and organised the Consett Cycle Festival
Funded the installation of the Consett Steelworkers Memorial
Acquired a building in the town to create a Consett Heritage and visitor Centre
These things on the back of other major initiatives such as the creation of the Urban Park and the Fawcett Park on Genesis Way, all public goods and free of charge and without cost to the public purse. This in addition to the £200m of external private investment levered in by Project Genesis, delivering shops, services, education facilities, housing and employment over the last 25 years.
The Project Genesis Trust which has a Board of unpaid Trustees, has also not lost sight of the needs of smaller community groups and has provided small grants to about 60 local not for profit organisations over the last 2 years, including the following organisations at our last meeting:
  • Bishop Ian Ramsey School
  • Leadgate Primary School
  • St Pius X RCVA Primary
  • Our Lady and St Joseph’s Brooms
  • Ebchester CE Primary School
  • Ebchester Village Trust
  • The Leadgate and District Historical Society
Consett, the surrounding area, the people who live here, community groups, the environment, the economy and the area in general benefits from the work of Project Genesis and will continue to do so. The visit Consett website and social media have a clear focus on promoting the town and surrounding area and we will not accept comments which conflict with this objective.
John O’Connor Chair of Project Genesis Trust