Ross Town Council unanimously agreed to spend £7000, plus VAT, to install a new warm air heating system at the Corn Exchange.
Councillor Richard Mayo commented that the money being spent by the Council was necessary expenditure, as he said a lot of money is currently spent heating the Corn Exchange through the use of storage heaters. He added that the Council had been given a very competitive quote from British Gas to install the new heating system.
He told his fellow councillors, “It will save money very quickly for the council and it’s not a frivolous thing to do.”
During the discussion, Councillor Jane Roberts said that she understood a report had been done on overall energy efficiency of the building, around eight years ago.
She said that a number of recommendations had been made with regards to improving the energy efficency at the Corn Exchange. Cllr Roberts added that if the Council were going to spend money on a new heating system, it needed to ensure that the building would retain its heat.
The Town Clerk, Sarah Robson, told the Councillors that there are some things that can be done to improve the energy efficiency at the Corn Exchange, such as better insulation in the attic, and she added that she could see if it would be feasible to install double-glazed windows.