Residents of Ladock and Grampound Road will have the opportunity to find out about the progress of the project that is seeing their rural parish become a test bed for achieving sustainable living on a community-wide scale at a public meeting on Saturday (15th May).
In February it was announced that the mid Cornwall parish had been successful in its bid for Low Carbon Communities Challenge status. Activity to deliver this project is now well underway and residents may have already seen solar panels starting to appear on rooftops across the parish.
As part of the £500,000 project, homes, businesses, community buildings and schools in Ladock and Grampound Road have also undergone a range of carbon cutting measures including the installation of biomass boilers, insulation and heat pumps. The project is also seeing the creation of an edible woodland and installation of a small community owned wind turbine.
On Saturday 15th May the project’s first public meeting will be held at Grampound Road School from 10am to 1pm as part of the monthly farmer’s market.
Residents are invited to come along to find out more about what has been happening in the parish, how the project may affect them and how residents can influence further stages. Finances generated through all the renewable energy installations will create a significant fund to support further low carbon activity in the community for the next 20 years. At the meeting residents can find out how they can play a role in deciding how this money is used.
The application for funding and management of the project is being led by Community Energy Plus – Cornwall’s leading charity delivering local solutions to fuel poverty, energy efficiency and renewable energy.
To maximise the involvement of the local community, the Low Carbon Living Ladock and Grampound Road project will involve a number of activities throughout the year including open days at all the sites currently included, as well as workshops on climate change, renewable energy and resource efficiency.
Neil Farrington, Sustainable Energy Projects Manager at Community Energy Plus is pleased with the progress of the project over the past three months: “This groundbreaking project follows previous work by Transition Ladock and Grampound Road and local residents to create a more sustainable community. With the project now well underway we’re delighted to promote what we’re working towards to the wider community and hope that many more local residents will be encouraged to participate and make energy savings in their own homes and also engage with the ongoing programme of activity that will build on the targets of the initial project.”