I recently joined the town council here in Honiton as a town councillor for the Honiton St Michael’s ward. One of the biggest issues in town is the proposed Community Centre which I am in favour of. I am currently looking closely at the latest business plans and thinking about how this is a real opportunity for our town to have a truly ‘green’ and sustainable community building, incorporating all the latest eco-build techniques and energy efficiency measures.
Ideally the centre should produce it’s own energy but what is the best way to do this. We need to try and keep costs down whilst also ensuring we do all we can to be environmentally friendly in the materials we use, using local labour, and how the centre runs in the long term.
I will be contacting lots of local “experts” to ask for guidance on this project – please post your comments below, and let’s start a conversation about how to make Honiton Community Centre an environmentally responsible and resource-efficient heart of the community.
Thanks to everyone for responding & contributing. I’ve added this picture below of an Oak building from the Forever Green website as I think it is just beautiful and I’d love to see something built in town from natural materials like this.