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Sefton Council secures funding for Town Halls to go cleaner and greener

Vital works are set to take place at Southport and Bootle Town Halls in an effort to make the buildings more energy efficient.

Sefton Council has recently secured £875,000 from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Fund to undertake works at Bootle and Southport Town Halls, with the aim of reducing heat loss at both sites through roof and glazing improvements.

A specialist heritage contractor will work to improve the glazing and roof insulation in both buildings, ensuring that key historic features are maintained and protected.

Works are scheduled to be completed in late 2021 and will be carried out simultaneously alongside other essential maintenance projects.

In addition to these improvements, the local authority has also secured funding for the production of a Heat Decarbonisation Plan (HDP), covering 14 main corporate buildings.

This plan will help to determine how the Council can move away from using fossil fuel heating and utilise alternative low carbon options, such as heat pumps

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Compliance and Corporate Services said:

 

“The town halls are a vital part of the heritage of the Borough of Sefton and are much loved and valued by residents and communities, maintaining them to a high standard is key priority and objective.

I’m delighted to see these carbon saving projects are getting underway at our Town Halls as this is a crucial element of the Council’s carbon footprint.  

She added:

“If we are to meet our commitment of net zero carbon by 2030, it is important we take every opportunity to reduce our emissions. These historic buildings are notoriously poor on energy efficiency and I am pleased that we are addressing these issues as we move towards a greener future.”

 

The Public Sector Decarbonisation Fund is part of the ‘Build Back Better’ programme launched by the government and will save energy as well as carbon. The £1 billion scheme is part of a commitment to support the UK’s economic recovery from COVID-19 as well as net zero and clean growth targets.

This work will support local businesses and jobs as well as significantly contributing to the Council’s Climate Emergency Strategy targets, to reduce emissions from public buildings and reach net zero carbon by 2030.

More information on our Climate Emergency response can be found on the Council website