The city council is deferring its proposals for wind turbines on its headquarters at Kings House in Hove and outside the building in Grand Avenue to give time for further consideration.
Meanwhile, the council will fast track other projects in its Carbon Management Programme to ensure momentum is maintained in improving the council’s carbon footprint. These projects include introducing low energy lighting in car parks and improved heating and ventilation controls in council buildings.
The Council is delivering other projects this year including the West Hove Children’s Centre, where innovations include:
- ground source heat pumps to provide heating for the whole building
- two wind turbines (that have already got planning permission)
- automatic light sensors
- heat reclamation from the kitchen extract to the Children’s Centre.
The council will ask the city’s Sustainability Commission at its meeting on 9 January 2008 to give its view on wind turbines being sited in this particular location. Following this a swift decision will be made on whether to resubmit the planning applications.
The Commission will be asked to consider whether they represent value for money, taking into account a wide range of factors. These include the visual impact on local residents, the financial payback for the scheme, the reduction in CO2 emissions that would be achieved and the importance of demonstrating civic leadership in reducing the city’s ecological footprint.
Council leader Brian Oxley said: “We are wholly committed to our Carbon Management Programme, but we need to make sure that the resources that have already been set aside for the programme are used to the best effect.”
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