Work to begin on community heating system for Sleaford
WORK is due to begin later this month on phase one of a new community heating system for Sleaford.
Surplus heat from the town's Renewable Energy Plant, Eco2, on Boston Road is to be used to provide free thermal energy to Sleaford Town Football Club, Sleaford Indoor Bowls Centre and Sleaford Leisure Centre.
Construction of the district heating system will involve installing pipework within Boston Road down towards Sleaford.
Communications manager for Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant, Mike Harrison, said: "We will undertake all of the necessary action to minimise disruption as much as possible for people who live in the vicinity of Boston Road as well as other road users.
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"I hope people will bear with us whilst we construct the pipe work and apologise for any convenience caused.
"The district heating system is just one of a number of local community benefits that forms part of a wellbeing agreement with North Kesteven District Council."
Other initiatives totalling £285,000 include a community fund and sustainability fund, administered by the newly established Sleaford REP Community Liaison Panel.
The works to Boston Road are due to be finished by June 2013 and a fully operational system is expected to be up and running by January 2014, once works to the Renewable Energy Plant have been completed.
Negotiations for a second phase are ongoing, which would see heat provided to NKDC's Council Offices and William Alvey Primary School.
NKDC leader Cllr Marion Brighton, said: "This is a great opportunity for the community of Sleaford. Sleaford Leisure Centre, the bowls club and football club will all benefit from the heating system in its first phase. This commitment from Eco2 Lincs Ltd to provide this free heat through the wellbeing agreement along with other supported community initiatives' shows the dedication the plant are willing to give to the town.
"The district council is looking forward to the heating system being operational very soon, and are pleased that both the council offices and the William Alvey School will also benefit from it in the second phase of the project."