GREEN ENERGY FOR BISHOPS CASTLE SpArC CENTRE
Originally published by Shropshire Liberal Democrats - Fighting for Shropshire
Following representations from three local Lib Dem campaigners, Shropshire Council are looking to provide PV panels to provide electricity to help the costs of heating and lighting the SpArC Centre.
Charlotte Banes, Shropshire Councillor for Bishops Castle said: "Peter Phillips, Cllr Heather Kidd and myself have been pressing the Council to install PV panels for some time. With cutbacks in the public sector and high energy bills (especially for heating the pool) action on this issue was becoming urgent.
"We therefore convened an urgent meeting of all interest parties including Team Leisure, The Council, the School and Enterprise South West last month to agree a programme of action. I'm glad to say that the Council have this week agreed to this and will hopefully be installed this autumn/winter. This is important because the Government will be scrapping a subsidy for such installations on 1st January 2016."
Charlotte, Heather and Peter are all voluntary directors of Enterprise South West, who run the Theatre at SpArC.
Heather concluded "SpArC is a key facility for the whole of our very rural area - it is our theatre, swimming pool and leisure centre. In the current financial climate all leisure centres are finding it a struggle to make ends meet, especially when it comes to running swimming pools which use a huge amount of energy. This is why initiatives such as this are so important and we will then go on to push for insulation and other vital energy saving measures."