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Green energy schemes for Hambleton

Published on Thursday, 4th July 2019

Hambleton District Council - Civic Centre

A scheme to develop ground source heat pumps at Hambleton’s four leisure centres has been scrapped – but district councillors are set to look at other sustainable energy schemes.

Investigations into using pumps at Northallerton, Stokesley, Thirsk and Bedale centres has shown they are not financially viable.

Deputy Leader of Hambleton District Council, Councillor Peter Wilkinson, told member of Cabinet today (July 2) that the ‘pay back’ period for the systems was too long.

“We have looked long and hard at plans for ground source heat pumps but concluded that the pay back period for the council is just too long to be financially viable,” he said.

“But none of the investigative work has been wasted – we will use the reports in maintaining and improving our current systems.  The money we have spent looking into this proposal is money well spent as it will help in our thinking for future sustainable green energy schemes for the district.

“We are a forward thinking council with no doubts that green energy is the way forward – however this scheme was not the right one for Hambleton.”