Havering Council could become the capital’s first borough to generate income of up to £1 million a year from renewable energy. The Council is proposing to develop two solar parks – one at Gerpins Lane in Corbets Tey and the other on land adjacent to Dagnam Park in Harold Hill.
The initiative would offer Havering a number of opportunities and benefits as well as helping to reduce the Council’s running costs, and help towards funding crucial frontline services.
In addition, the Council is exploring the potential for residents to directly invest in a sustainable future for the borough through a solar financial investment fund. This type of innovative scheme could provide residents with a long-term, financial return which is likely to be significantly better than high street saving accounts.
Using a portion of the funding generated from the Dagnam Park site, as a result of this initiative, the Council will establish a substantial ring-fenced community fund, which will be reinvested into the surrounding area including Dagnam Park.
Councillor Osman Dervish, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:
“This is a really immensely exciting opportunity for Havering. With residents’ support Havering could be leading the way for solar power in London, and more importantly it would be providing the Council with a significant and regular income to help to maintain and fund future services.
“On top of the financial and community benefits, solar parks would provide a positive impact on local biodiversity for a range of plant and animal species. There would be a proposed wildflower meadow, which will increase wildlife at both sites, making the entire proposal a great benefit for the Council, the community and the environment.
“I would urge all residents to contact us with their views on these proposals as we will not proceed without public support”.
Benefits of this proposal also include providing a public access path at the Gerpins Lane, linking the surrounding woodland and parks which are currently unavailable to the public.
Residents can have their say on these proposals by emailing comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
or writing to The Energy Strategy Team, Town Hall, Main Road, Romford, RM1 4BE by Monday 31 October 2016.
For further information on these proposals, including site leaflets visit: www.havering.gov.uk/solarcouncil