West Leeds: Future is bright and it’s green

Ann Blackburn, Pauline Moore, Ann Braviner, David Blackburn and Terry Wilford.

Ann Blackburn, Pauline Moore, Ann Braviner, David Blackburn and Terry Wilford.

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Enterprising community campaigners have found a great way to cut down their bills – and ensure the survival of their cherished local hub in these cash-strapped times.

Old Farnley Community Centre has been fitted with solar panels, in effect making it a self-sustaining building. Power generated by the panels will not only supply the building’s electricity, any surplus will be sold to the National Grid, helping to pay for other running costs. The project was funded by local Green councillors through a Ward initiatives pot. Farnley and Wortley councillor David Blackburn said: “It’s good for the environment, and it’s something that will bring in money and help them keep going.”

Runners set off on the Harewood House Half Marathon..26th February 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

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