Parish hall becomes more eco friendly

Bleasdale Parish Hall
Bleasdale Parish Hall

Bleasdale Parish Hall is set to become one of the most energy effiicient community halls in Lancashire after it received more funding to keep warm for less.

In fact, the Bleasdale comunity will soon be able to enjoy using the hall for meetings and events without having to worry about the costs of keeping warm, thanks to a grant from The Forest of Bowland AONB’s sustainable development fund of £2,492 towards the cost of a large insulated hot water storage tank.

The hall has also secured a Lancashire environmental fund grant of £14,840 towards the cost of installing a new wood pellet boiler, which produces hot water. 

The estimated overall cost is £25,516, also including new comfortable chairs, which means the hall is providing just over £8,000 in match funding to enable the project to go ahead.

The energy produced from the hall’s wind turbine and PV panels will be utilised using an energy and micro generator manager controller which converts DC electricity produced into useable AC electricity which is linked into immersion heaters to be fitted into the new hot water storage tank.

Any unused energy goes back into the grid.

Once in operation, the hall will be able to apply for a renewable heat incentive on the boiler output, similar to a feed-in tariff on PV panels, which will provide a useful return on the investment.

For further information on the project contact hall secretary Robert Gardner on 01995 61343.

Alternatively, ring Finlay Hodge, of Community Futures, on 01772 717461.