Clubs and groups using Treviscoe Community Hall will be able to enjoy warmer and more comfortable facilities following the installation of underfloor and solid wall insulation as part of the Clay Country’s Sustainable Energy Communities Project.
Work has just been completed as part of a £30,500 project funded by the Clay Country Local Action Group to enable the hall adapt to the rising cost of energy by reducing the amount of heat loss from the building by more than 50%. This grant from the Clay Country LAG was agreed prior to its suspension pending a national review by Defra during summer 2011.
The pre-fabricated building started its life on another site where it was used by South West Water before being purchased by the community and moved to its current site in 1986, when members of the local community laid the foundations and erected their new building to replace a First World War army hut which previously stood on another site in the village.
Treviscoe Community Centre received help to develop their energy efficiency project from the Clay Country’s Sustainable Energy Community Officer Amy Walker, from Community Energy Plus, who is working to help local groups develop a range of projects that will help local communities react to the challenge of rising energy prices and climate change and stimulate interest in community-owned renewable energy opportunities.
Richard Puttick, Secretary of Treviscoe Community Centre, said: “Although the Community Centre is in regular use, keeping it at a comfortable temperature is often a problem, especially during the colder months. The committee feared that groups may be discouraged from using our facilities in the future if it became necessary to pass the increasing costs of heating to hall users. We’re expecting the insulation to make a big difference to our running costs while helping to secure the future of this important community resource.”
Amy Walker said: “This project really demonstrates how adding insulation to a building can improve comfort levels for the building’s users and crucially reduce running costs. I’m working with several other community buildings in the area to investigate energy efficiency and renewable energy options but also hope to help groups of local residents to develop projects to save energy and reduce their carbon emissions.”
The Sustainable Energy Communities project in Clay Country is funded by the Clay Country Local Action Group which is part financed by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) using funding from the EU and Defra.
Amy Walker can be contacted on 07976 490 956 or by email [email protected]