Grant aid sought for new heating system

The Village Hall Association has been developing plans for much a needed new heating system for the village Hall. It has submitted an an application for funding to Biffa for assistance towards the installation of a cost of over £31,000.

Coxhoe Village Hall is a fine and prominent building located in the village centre. It has always been owned, managed and financed by the community and is a valued part of our heritage. Some building improvements are needed to ensure it caters for the needs of the 21st Century and these will be done while protecting heritage features.The heating system has been identified as its most dated and ineffective feature and a new system is the most urgent and essential part of Stage 2 of our Action Plan –A ‘Green Community Building’. Currently pipework and radiators are those installed in 1932 when the hall was built. Heating engineers have identified its single boiler as being wasteful and ineffective. The system has only one control system, no room or radiator thermostats. This results in a luke warm main hall and small rooms far too hot.Ian Bloomfield, Durham County Council Principal Sustainable and Climate Change Officer is assisting with our ‘Gree n Building’ project which includes improved insulation and LED lighting -funding applications have been submitted for these. The new system will be fully efficient and will include 4 separate zones, radiator valves, room thermostats to ensure that it can be operated independently according to need and hall usage, will ensure frugal energy use and appropriate temperatures throughout.

The need for a new heating system has been established through the Parish Plan 2 household survey, our own user survey and other feedback from user groups.

Coxhoe Community Partnership has already agreed to cover a 10% third party.