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Grant puts wind in the sails of new community hall

This is an archived press release

Thursday 16 June 2011

Nearly £16,000 in grants for a wind turbine will help blow in a low-carbon future for Dungworth’s new community hall.

The Peak District National Park’s Sustainable Development Fund has just approved an £11,000 grant which, together with £4,800 from Sheffield’s Northern Community Assembly, will enable the community hall to generate renewable energy.

The new hall, developed by Dungworth Village Hall Committee, already has many “green” features, including sheep’s wool insulation, rainwater harvesting, recycled stone and local timber. In the future it hopes to have solar panels.

Sited in the grounds of Bradfield Dungworth Primary School, the wind turbine will also provide educational benefits for the pupils.

Village hall committee chairman Graham Andrew, who is also a school governor, said: “It’s good news that we’ve got the grants - it will enable us to put the finishing touches to a really sustainable community hall. We’ve already got planning permission, so I’m hoping to get it under way as soon as possible.”

Cllr Trevor Bagshaw, who is a member of the Northern Community Assembly and the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the grant as it means the original community and school vision for a green school in our green countryside can be realised. I would like to say thank you to everyone involved in making this happen.”

Stuart Barton, headteacher at Bradfield Dungworth Primary School, added: “As a school we have a responsibility to educate our children in ways to reduce energy use and move towards less harmful renewable sources of energy. The wind turbine will provide evidence of the community’s efforts to respond to the energy crisis and we can ensure that future generations of children are brought up with the view that energy is precious and that we can and must do our best to preserve supplies and reduce harmful emissions.”

Support to develop the proposal came from Sheffield village officer Sharon Batty and national park sustainable development officer Richard Godley.

This is an archived press release

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