Work is set to start this month on a £823,000 energy-saving programme for Fenland’s four leisure centres.
Inefficient or worn-out heating, lighting and ventilation equipment is being replaced by modern, energy-efficient plant and solar panel systems.
The resulting cuts in energy costs are expected to make net savings of up to £1.4 million over the next 20 years.
The ‘Invest to Save’ project is being delivered by Bouygues, a private company that has surveyed the centres and identified a number of key measures to cut energy costs. It has guaranteed to deliver the reductions in energy use.
Councillor Chris Seaton, Fenland District Council’s Cabinet member for finance, said: “Doing nothing at our centres is not an option. Much of the plant equipment has reached or is reaching the end of its useful life. Not replacing it means the costs will inevitably escalate. Energy represents the leisure service’s second highest cost and the energy price is expected to double over the next 14 years.
“Installing this equipment will give us immediate financial savings each year. Also, the company has guaranteed that energy use will be reduced as part of the contract, so if they fail to deliver that, they will pay the price for that rather than the council.”
Councillor Michelle Tanfield, the Cabinet member responsible for leisure, added: “Everyone who uses the centres will benefit.”
The installation work is expected to be completed by the autumn.