A local village hall could be the recipient of funds to reduce its energy costs in a new green initiative aimed at community buildings in Monmouthshire and rural areas of Newport.

Funded through the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government, the Vale of Usk Local Action Group has announced its new scheme – Village Hall Energy Makeover – that provides an opportunity for venues to apply for a range of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency measures.

The chosen hall will receive an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) as well as a contribution towards funds to install an appropriate energy efficiency measure such as LED lighting.  The South East Wales Energy Agency and non-profit community interest company Gwent Energy will support the hall management to access finance for further measures.

Up to four other halls will receive an EPC and funds to implement an appropriate energy efficiency measure.

Andrew David of South East Wales Energy Agency said: “The energy makeover project will not only benefit the selected hall as we anticipate the treated building will demonstrate what can be achieved and inspire the management of other venues to do likewise.”

This scheme is aimed at buildings and halls that demonstrate the greatest potential for improvement and are already well-used by the community.  It is open to venues based in Monmouthshire or the Llanwern, Marshfield, Graig, Caerleon and Langstone areas of Newport.  To apply or receive further details email: rdpinfo@monmouthshire.gov.uk – the closing date for applications is Friday, 30th March.

  •  Issued on behalf of Vale of Usk Local Action Group.  For further information contact Mark Lloyd – marklloyd@monmouthshire.gov.uk – or telephone 01633 644865.