U Choose 2 Retrofit

THREE clay country community projects will not look out of place if the proposed eco town scheme gets the go ahead.
ClayTAWC in St Dennis, Roche Victory Hall and Indian Queens Victory Hall will receive grants and expert help to make the buildings more environmentally sustainable after receiving the most public votes in a U Choose 2 Retrofit competition.


The money and support will be used to make improvements to the buildings and spaces to demonstrate how communities surrounding the proposed Eco town sites can move towards low carbon living.
ClayTAWC plans to install a new heating system, roof insulation and double glazed windows, Roche Victory Hall aims to modernise the facility and Indian Queens Victory Hall will add a new well-insulated roof and solar panels.


Twelve clay country schemes were vying to receive the most public votes. The winners were announced at a seasonal prize giving ceremony, which was staged at the Wheal Martyn China Clay Country Park on Friday, December 17. The losers were given advice packs detailing potential funds that are available to bring the projects to fruition.


Brian Higman, managing trustee at Roche Victory Hall, said: "We are delighted to win as there is a lot of major work that needs to be done. We hope this is one of many grants we get with the help of the facilitators to update the hall and make it more more environmentally friendly and low cost."


Di Mlynek, manager at ClayTAWC, added: "I am absolutely delighted that ClayTAWC has been voted by the community of St Dennis. A big thank you to everyone that voted for us. "We will now be able to make ClayTAWC a better place for the community to come."


Michael Worden from Indian Queens Victory Hall said: "I would like to thank everyone in the community who voted for us. It is much appreciated. We will now be able to erect new roof insulation and solar panels."


The competition has not gone by without criticism. Worries were raised less populated clay areas were disadvantaged as one vote was allowed per household. Voting cards were sent to 9,953 households and 1,145 votes were cast.


The winners were read out by former St Austell MP Matthew Taylor, the independent chairman of the board set up to co-ordinate the eco town development.


Lord Taylor said: "First of all it was a fantastic turn out. Well over 1,000 votes. "It is great to see how people have come together to support their local community spaces, deciding for themselves how this money is spent. In Roche one in five voted, which is more of a turnout you see at some local elections.


"This is about communities having a choice and what can be done to community places that are difficult to heat and keep warm. I hope that although we have got three winners we will see work going on at all the venues.


"It is really important to me that residents see the benefit of the eco-town for the existing community as much as for the new, and that this benefit continues to grow."


Greg Slater, an architect working for Eco Bos, which is delivering the proposed eco town scheme, will be visiting the three projects to give advice on how best to make their plans become a reality.


He said: "We are delighted that securing the eco town for St Austell and clay country has helped facilitate events like this.
“It is important that around the eco communities that we are creating buildings are made sustainable. This competition shows how that can be done."

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