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Funding for energy efficient measures in Sowerby Bridge and Skircoat Wards

Local involvement in energy efficiency and renewable energy schemes has just been made a little easier by some extra funding for residents in Sowerby Bridge and Skircoat Wards.
Calderdale Council recently carried out a pilot project and a report on how to insulate older properties in Calderdale and this project, delivered by Alternative Technology Centre, supports the findings by funding the installation of some of the measures recommended in the report.
The scheme will enable residents who live in older properties, built from early 1900 onwards to access free or discounted insulation. Advice and information on insulation is available for owners with solid walled or rubble filled cavities.
There is limited amount of funding available and the measures will be offered on a first come first served basis.
Applications are also invited from owner occupiers for special attic bedroom insulation. The attic room must be uninsulated, permanently occupied, and someone in the household must be claiming a means tested benefit. One property will be selected to have this insulation fitted free of charge (subject to survey).

In addition to surveys and insulation schemes a series of workshops will also be delivered in Sowerby Bridge about how communities can set up their own renewable energy schemes. This is a time limited offer so if you are interested please contact Alternative Technology Centre:

Telephone: 01422 842121

Email: info@alternativetechnology.org.uk

Event Date Time Location
Local renewable energy options Wednesday 14th March 7-9pm St Paul’s Methodist Church, Sowerby Bridge
Talks and discussion on all the main local renewable energy technologies solar PV and thermal, wind, micro hydro and heat pumps. Refreshments provided.
Financing a community energy project Saturday 17th March 2-5pm St Paul’s Methodist Church, Sowerby Bridge
Workshop delivered by Key Fund West Yorkshire
Community share offer – how they work Monday 26th March 7-9pm St Paul’s Methodist Church, Sowerby Bridge
Mark Simmonds of Co-operatives UK will deliver a talk about community share offers and the potential for local investment in renewable energy. Refreshments provided.
Tour of New Mills community owned hydro site Sunday 25th March All day Transport provided
Spaces are limited so please book early ring the ATC on 01422 842121 or email info@alternativetechnology.org.uk



Community orchard planting day postponed

Last week we posted news of a community planting day this weekend in Pellon – due to the weather this has been postponed.
Message from Cllr. Hutson:
To all people who have kindly volunteered to help with the Community Orchards planting on 12 Feb.

Unfortunately, due to the very cold weather the ground is frozen, so we will have to postpone the planting day as planting in frozen ground could damage the trees.

Cllr Hutson will update with a new date as soon as possible.

Community orchards for the Pellon/Warley area

The first 80 fruit trees have arrived for a new community orchard project for Warley Ward!

This project will give Warley ward it’s very own orchards of top quality fruit trees: apples, pears, plums, gages, cherries and will be a real asset to the community.

FIRST PLANTING DAY on Sunday 12 February, meeting at 10am at Ashville Gardens, Pellon. POSTPONED!

80 trees to plant in 6 plots, so with 20 volunteers, it’s only 4 trees each! Please help if you can and don’t forget your spade!

This is a project started by Councillor Keith Hutson last May, and all the funding is now in place to create the orchards. Plots of land have been transferred to Halifax In Bloom, from the council, where the orchards are to be planted. Most of these plots are in the Pellon area, and many members of that community are looking forward to planting their new orchards. Cllr Hutson says that his aim is to keep on planting in Warley ward, year on year, so that everyone can reap the many benefits – community and environmental – that this excercise will bring.