Grants to make council buildings greener awarded to the Borough Council

Grants to make council buildings greener awarded to the Borough Council
Valentine Road offices in Hunstanton

Borough council buildings are to become more environmentally friendly thanks to decarbonisation grants worth more than £3.8M.

Buildings around the borough are to be made more environmentally friendly through adapting to low or non-carbon generating technologies, such as solar PV panels and air and ground source heat pumps thanks to two grants from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and are from the Government’s £1 billion Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) fund.

The Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Commercial Services, Cllr Kunes said: "The council’s first bid for £2.84m was successful in January and this was followed by a further grant of just over £1m in February. The work should be completed before the end of this year. The reduction in carbon emissions from the overall project is estimated at a total of 494 tonnes per year.”

Seven buildings were included in the first-round application. The buildings/sites and the proposed technologies are:

  • Lynnsport - Solar Photovoltaics (SP) & Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP)
  • Downham Market Leisure Centre – Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP)
  • St James’ Pool - ASHP
  • King’s Court – ASHP, Timerclock controls
  • Fairstead Community Centre – Loft insulation improvement, SP, ASHP
  • Valentine Road offices, Hunstanton – Timerclock controls, SP, Loft insulation improvement, GSHP
  • Council Depot (Factory 1), Hardwick – SP, cavity wall insulation improvement, GSHP

The second-round bid covered the following buildings and technologies:

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  • Oasis, Hunstanton - Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP)
  • Guildhall, King’s Lynn – ASHP
  • South Lynn Community Centre -ASHP, Solar PV
  • Dutton Pavillion, King’s Lynn – Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP)

T&A asked the Borough Council: "Both of the Hunstanton sites, Valentine Road & The Oasis had been rumoured to have limited life expectancy. Are there any assurances of the ongoing likelihood of these sites not being either re-developed or sold off for a different usage within say 5 years or so?"

A spokesperson for the Borough Council has responded today saying: "There are no current plans to redevelop or sell-off either site within the time frame of the grant."