Newbury Town Council grants £10,000 to Newbury Cricket Club and Loose Ends solar panels, March 2023

Newbury Town Council was delighted to contribute £10,000 towards the installation of solar panels on the roof of the recently refurbished Newbury Cricket Club at Northcroft Lane. The money was paid as a Climate Change Grant and will be used to offset the Council’s carbon footprint, in its drive to be carbon neutral by 2030.

The refurbished Cricket Club also houses Loose Ends, the local charity which provides hot meals for those who might otherwise go without them. Loose Ends supports some of the most vulnerable in Newbury and consumes the bulk of the energy needed in the building as it occupies it during the day and early evening most days.

The solar panels on the south-facing roof of the building will generate electricity which will be used to power and heat the building all year round. The projected energy generated will be 14.5kWh / year which is the equivalent 6.8 tonnes CO2 and will clearly save both organisations significant energy costs going forwards.

The project was also supported by 2 “Members’ Bids” from West Berkshire Council totalling £6,000. These bids were secured by Councillors Andy Moore and Martha Vickers, who are both members of the Town Council and the District Council.

The Council and The Cricket Club have entered into an agreement whereby the Council will be awarded carbon saving credits based on Solar power generated by the investment of Newbury Cricket Club. The total carbon saving based on this project is estimated at 9,483 kg CO2 per annum, of which 5,926 kg CO2 will be credited towards the Town Council.

Councillor Martin Colston, the Leader of Newbury Town Council, said he was delighted that all the partners had worked together to deliver this project. “This is a really exciting moment for all of us at the Town Council and our partners in the Cricket Club and Loose Ends. This one project ticks so many boxes in the Town Council’s Strategy. It will help us to achieve our aim to be carbon neutral by 2030. We are working with Loose Ends to provide focused support for the vulnerable in our community, through their great work in providing hot meals and a drop-in centre here at the Cricket Club. And the refurbished Cricket Club furthers our aims to encourage and facilitate residents’ participation in social, recreational and sporting activities. This is a fantastic example of what can be achieved through effective partnership working.”

Councillor Chris Foster, who chairs the Council’s Climate Emergency Working Group said “ This great project will not only save money for Loose Ends and the Cricket Club, but it will also help the environment and the communities of Newbury. A win-win for all of us!”

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