Sunday, 22 October 2017

Concern over £2,200 power bill for pavilion

THE sports pavilion in Gallowstree Common has run up an electricity bill of more than £2,200 in six months.

THE sports pavilion in Gallowstree Common has run up an electricity bill of more than £2,200 in six months.

Members of Kidmore End Parish Council were surprised at the size of the demand for the period from April 1 to September 30.

Vice-chairman Richard McQuillan said it was supposed to be an ecological building.

“It could be that the giant coolers they have got for the bar are contributing or possibly the heat pump,” he said.

Councillor McQuillan said the building has two solar panels, which save about £400 in energy costs per quarter.

Councillor Iain Pearson, a member of the council’s playing fields committee, said it was important to ensure that the cost of hiring the pavilion was competitive in order to increase revenue.

He said: “It’s a brand new building and it’s very nice to have the grass outside for the kids to play on.

“We’re going to go away to make sure we’re competitively priced.

“We’re charging £10 per hour for the use by local residents, which compares favourably with Peppard war memorial hall.”

Cllr McQuillan said the committee had discussed having a different tariff for hirers who live outside the parish.

Kidmore End Football Club had asked to pay the rest of its subscriptions in instalments.

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