First beneficiary of Low Carbon Dorset announced

New ‘Green’ Village Hall secures £10K funding from Low Carbon Dorset.

Charlton Marshall Village Hall has become the first beneficiary of Low Carbon Dorset, a new County Council led programme set-up to boost Dorset’s low carbon economy, and reduce its carbon footprint.

The £10K grant from Low Carbon Dorset will contribute to a brand-new energy efficient building. This will replace the village’s current wooden hall, built in the mid 1930’s, which is becoming increasingly expensive to run, and no-longer fit for purpose.

The funding will pay for a variety of renewable and energy efficiency measures. To include a hybrid air-source heat pump, powered by solar PV panels, and LED lighting throughout. Helping the hall excel energy efficiency standards and reduce future energy bills.

Funding for these installations and construction of the new hall comes in part from Low Carbon Dorset through European Regional Development Funding (ERDF), with further funding secured by the community from other sources.

Cllr Hilary Cox, the elected councillor for Winterbourne, said of the project “the development of a new village hall has been embraced by the whole village enthusiastically, and the award of the Low Carbon Dorset grant demonstrates the community’s awareness of their carbon footprint.”

Work on the new hall is planned to start this June (2018), and is expected to be completed by March 2019.

Community organisations with similar carbon reduction projects can find out more about the funding and support available via the Low Carbon Dorset website or by contacting the team 01305 224261.