Grant success for dozens of community groups

Buildings set for energy efficiency improvements

20 June 2012

More than 60 community groups in the South West, South Wales and the Midlands had cause to celebrate recently, after being successful with bids to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings.

The Western Power Distribution Community Chest, which is now in its second year handed out more than £50,000 in grants to 66 village halls, scout huts and other similar community buildings, to enable them to carry out simple, but effective energy efficiency improvements.

The scheme received more than 100 applications in total, with successful applicants being offered up to £1,000.

The Mount Batten Centre in Plymouth, was one of this year’s lucky recipients. The not-for-profit watersports and activities centre received funding to install occupancy sensors in the showers, changing rooms and toilets.

Alex King is the centre’s manager. "Quite rightly most users of public buildings, particularly spaces like showers and changing rooms, leave the lights alone, and this usually means ‘on’. So our lights are typically on for up to six hours a day. The grant WPD has allowed us to install occupancy sensors meaning that lights will turn themselves off when there’s no-one in the proximity, providing a safe environment for our school groups while helping the environment."

Other groups who were successful include:

  • Churchinford and District Village Hall: received a grant for low energy wall lighting
  • Chilcompton Village Hall: roof insulation
  • Axbridge Town Hall: heating controls, a replacement heater and lighting
  • St Peter's Church, Portishead: loft insulation
  • The Meeting House Art Centre, Ilminster: more efficient lighting
  • Farnborough Sports and Social Club: loft insulation
  • 1st Olveston Scout Group: draught-proofing doors and replacing a fridge
  • The Vassall Centre in Bristol: new air tight door
  • Porlock Ford Community Hall: new kitchen appliances and hand dryers
  • Martock Parish Council: new air tight door

Commiserations to all those groups whose application were unsuccessful this time around – watch out for future funding options through CSE.

To find out more about the Western Power Distribution Community Chest, click here.

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