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Wiltshire gets green grant cash

April 21, 2021 9:48 PM
Originally published by Trevor Carbin Liberal Democrat

Wiltshire Council has successfully bid for £4.4m from the Government's Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme to reduce carbon emissions.

The award, which totals £4,452,281, will be spent on a series of energy efficiency and decarbonisation schemes that will update the heating systems and generate electricity at several Wiltshire Council buildings.

The majority of the funding will be used to install air to water heat pump systems at Five Rivers Centre in Salisbury, Warminster Leisure Centre, the Olympiad in Chippenham, and, subject to planning permission, Lime Kiln Leisure Centre in Wootton Bassett. Solar panels will also be installed at a further 19 council buildings, including leisure centres, libraries and depots; while further heating and air handling upgrades will be made at 10 council properties.

a previous award of £185,818 from the scheme was spent on replacing the gas boilers at Warminster Library with an air to water heat pump system and installing solar panels on the roof of the library. The funding was also used to install solar panels on the roof of the Nadder Centre in Tisbury. This work was completed in March and will save an estimated 30 tonnes of carbon each year.

Simon Hendey, Director of Housing and Commercial, said: "This is significant funding that will enable us to reduce our carbon emissions by upgrading heating systems, and also reduce our energy bills longer term. In addition, costs will be mitigated as electricity will be generated by solar panels at 19 of our buildings.

"Once all the upgrades are completed in the autumn, they will save 1,200 tonnes of carbon each year, and also bring the council financial savings.

"The changes will also help us to embed expertise on new, greener technologies, such as air and water heat pumps, into the Wiltshire workforce, which will make it easier for residents to make similar changes to their properties, should they wish to do so.

"We will continue to pursue all avenues for funding to help decarbonise our property estates as we progress with our aim to make the county of Wiltshire carbon neutral by 2030."

Works that will be funded by the grant application are:

Installation of air to water heat pump systems at:

  • Five Rivers Leisure Centre, Salisbury
  • Warminster Leisure Centre
  • The Olympiad, Chippenham
  • Lime Kiln Leisure Centre, Royal Wootton Bassett (subject to planning permission)

Installation of solar PV panels at:

  • Calne Leisure Centre
  • Churchfields Depot, Salisbury
  • Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre, Salisbury
  • Olympiad Leisure Centre, Chippenham
  • Marlborough Leisure Centre
  • Warminster Sports Centre
  • County Hall, Trowbridge
  • Malmesbury Sports Centre - The Activity Zone
  • Lime Kiln Sports Centre, Royal Wootton Bassett
  • Durrington Swimming Pool
  • Bradford on Avon Swimming Pool
  • Devizes Leisure Centre
  • Monkton Park offices, Chippenham
  • Bourne Hill offices, Salisbury
  • Springfield Community Campus, Corsham
  • Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, Chippenham
  • Calne Community Hub and Library
  • Kennet House depot, Devizes
  • The Vale Community Campus, Pewsey (subject to planning permission)

The upgrade of air handling units at:

  • Warminster Leisure Centre (two units)
  • Lime Kiln Leisure Centre, Royal Wootton Bassett
  • Durrington Swimming Pool

And the upgrade of HVAC motors at:

  • Devizes Leisure Centre
  • Olympiad Leisure Centre, Chippenham
  • Malmesbury Leisure Centre
  • Marlborough Leisure Centre
  • Monkton Park offices, Chippenham
  • Calne Leisure Centre

Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre, Salisbury