Anne Chadwick, Woodley Town Councillor for Loddon Airfield and borough candidate for Loddon ward, took part in the Wokingham Borough Council meeting on Thursday 18 February.
Passionate about improving the environment and working to tackle climate change, Anne wanted to know if Woodley schools are being helped to be more energy efficient so they can save money and be more environmentally friendly.
She asked a public question and was given a very full answer by Councillor Gregor Murray, the Executive member for Climate Emergency that:
- Solar panels have been installed at two schools, including Addington saving them £8900 per year and 18 CO2 tonnes annually. Six more schools, including Woodley C of E, Loddon and Highwood, will see solar panels installed by July this year
- LED lighting replacements have been completed at ten schools. Nine more schools will receive this by April 2021, saving £11,000 per year and 28 tonnes of CO2 annually.
- Replacement window glazing completed at three schools
- Loft insulations installed at five schools with three more planned by June 2021
Anne says: "It is great to hear that The Bulmershe School and South Lake Primary are also included in this project to be more energy efficient.
" I was delighted to hear of such good progress despite lockdown and particularly pleased that the money saved will go back into schools' budgets."
You can watch a recording of the meeting on Youtube and will find Anne's question at 46 mins in: WBC Budget Council Meeting - YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4Se6Wm91-w )
Any local resident can ask a public question at council meetings - please see here for more information. Ask a question at a meeting (wokingham.gov.uk)