Grant completes funding for village hall solar scheme

Exterior shot of Horsford Village Hall

Published: Wednesday, 15th March 2017

A grant of £3,000 has been awarded to Horsford Village Hall by Broadland District Council to complete the funding needed for a 68 panel solar energy project which will save money and make the hall a low carbon venue.

The hall provides the space for a wide range of community activities, including a pre-school, clubs and events and currently pays 20 per cent of all its income in electricity charges.

The grant is the final slice of funding after Horsford Management Committee committed £4,000, Horsford Social Club raise another £4,000 and Horsford Parish Council contributed £5,698.

"It's a very busy hall," said Andrew Drummee, Treasurer of Horsford Village Hall Management Committee. "With a lot of new homes in the area we know there will be even more demand on our services and with maintenance and utility costs soaring this is one way we can keep our expenditure down.

"Although the Feed in Tariff cannot be claimed if public money is used to fund any commercial solar project, the savings from solar energy alone will help the Committee maintain the building while keeping hire charges down."

Councillor Andrew Proctor, Leader of Broadland District Council, said:

"We are delighted to support this project with a community grant. Community is at the heart of everything we do and this is a great example of people working together to secure the future of a well-used facility. It also meets our ambition of environmental excellence, significantly reducing the carbon footprint of the hall as well saving money on energy which can be better spent."

The savings will help the committee maintain the building while holding down hire charges at the same rate for at least the next two years.

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If you are interested in hiring the village hall, call the booking line on: 01603 893900

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