South Cambridgeshire project bags national gong

SCDC Cllr Ray Manning
SCDC Cllr Ray Manning

A project set up to help South Cambridgeshire residents improve their homes, making them warmer and cheaper to run, has scooped a national award.

The National Energy Action and Department of Energy and Climate Change accolade has been awarded to South Cambridgeshire District Council’s (SCDC) Sustainable Energy Partnership in recognition of a series of village energy days they have run to provide communities with the knowledge they need to take action on the issue.

Since the partnership was launched in 2009, 27 parishes have joined the campaign and hundreds of people have attended energy days held across South Cambridgeshire villages.

As eastern winner in the Community Footprint Awards, SCDC has picked up a £2,000 cash reward to invest in further improving information at village events, and another larger event can now be held in the district to showcase the ways people can reduce their energy bills and save money while cutting their carbon footprint.

Award winning work in South Cambridgeshire will now be pitted against the winners from eight other regions for the national award.

On Saturday (October 20) over 100 people attended a village energy day in Gamlingay, and the next free event that is open to all will be held on November 17 at Girton Baptist Church, 103 High Street, from 1 to 4pm.

Cllr Ray Manning, SCDC leader, said: “The village energy days have been incredibly successful as provide residents all the information they need to make greener choices.

“Improving your homes doesn’t have to cost the earth and our teams have knowledge of changes big and small that could help cut your bills, make your home warmer and save you money.

“The partnership has real success stories across the district and I am delighted it has been recognised with this award.”

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