PCC are setting up a pilot project in two areas: Paulsgrove and Southsea. These projects will explore actions set out in the city’s Greener Homes Strategy and promote sustainable communities.
Southsea is a densely built up area and contains typical early 19 th century homes of varying sizes.
The area represents a diverse community including students, council tenants, privately owned and rented properties.
There is also a mixture of household income – those in receipt of benefits and those on more moderate incomes.
PCC are looking to set up an exemplar retrofit property
A counciled owned terraced house typical of the area. 84 Jubilee Road will be retrofitted to a standard attainable by local residents.
This property will become the focal point for tEC’s work in the area.
Southsea 84 Jubilee Road, Southsea
tEC will be delivering a package of activities:
6 community roadshows
1 business roadshow
2 training sessions for front line staff
4 schools visits
1 environmental audit
tEC will also provide a free advice phone line
Whitehill Bordon is situated in East Hampshire
Population of 14,000 with 5400 civilian households and 500+ army households.
Young population compared to the rest of East Hampshire (24% under 16) with a high proportion of lone parents.
250 businesses in the area and employment is mainly in distribution, catering, retail, administration and manufacturing.
WB is a dormitory town with high levels of car ownership due to poor public transport provision within the town and linking it to other centres
WB achieved Eco-Town status in July 2009 (and received a £10.96m from the government)
tEC will be working in partnership with East Hampshire District Council on a range of initiatives to promote behavioural change and reduce energy consumption.
The old MOD firestation, the library and five schools will be retrofitted. The firestation will become the eco-station – Providing community and training facilities and information on the town and retrofitting measures.
tEC will work closely with EHDC to engage the community through school visits, community road shows, local authority staff training, and an environmental audit for a local SME
Old MOD fire station/ new Eco-station Source: Eco-town website
Hyde District Climate Change Forum
HDCCF encourages sustainable energy practices, re-usage and recycling, producing and consuming local food and other goods and services, protection and conservation of the commons and environment
HDCCF are being used an ‘climate change champion’. This group is already active in the community and tEC will be supporting and advising the group on their work.
HDCCF are currently promoting cavity wall insulation, lost insulation and WarmFront grants to the community. They are directing residents to tEC who offer free and impartial advice and help them to access these funds.
The group is affiliated with New Forest Transition. www.newforesttransition.org and is supported by New Forest District Council (NFDC)
tEC will be working with Southampton City Council, Weston Shore tower block reps, housing officers and local community groups to affect behavioural change in this area.
tEC’s work in Weston Shore will focus on electricity consumption.
tEC has secured funds for 100 energy monitors which we will lend to residents for a period of one year.
Weston Shore tower blocks were built in the 1960s and owned by Southampton City Council. The community is seen as those with low household incomes and in receipt of benefits. Historically they have had little involvement in climate change issues.
Owl Electricity Monitor Source: Save2 Energy website
Through a series of training and support meetings, tEC will educate and advise residents how to effectively use the monitors and highlight measures to reduce their electricity usage, CO 2 emissions and money.
tEC will establish baseline data though electricity bills and our energy efficiency questionnaire
Progress and savings will be calculated throughout the project and information fed back to the residents
Posters, Fliers, Local newspaper articles, Local authority web pages, face to face meetings with housing officers and block reps, mail drops, telecons etc