The Parish Council is the first tier of local government and play a vital role in engaging with local people and helping to shape their communities. Stoke Climsland is a large rural parish, which is spread out and includes Stoke Climsland village, several small hamlets, and farms.
The purpose of this project is to set up and run an Advice and Guidance Service on whole home retrofit that will engage with the community and raise the profile of the Parish net zero objective, helping residents of the parish reduce their energy consumption, and keep their homes warm, whilst also contributing to the Parish and County Council’s net zero goal by 2030. This is important to health, particularly for the elderly and infirm. In addition, the project will bring forward sustainable and low carbon approaches to community regeneration and will set out how people and skills opportunities are included as part of wider project delivery. It is expected that the model developed will be transferable to other parishes.
The service will have the following vision – to assist every home in Stoke Climsland to maximise their energy efficiency (with the aim of an EPC rating of ‘C’ or above) by 2030. Initially, it will aim to assist 5 homes within the parish to complete a whole house insulation project by end 2024. This will be achieved by providing access to professional advice and guidance regarding whole house retrofit (surveys, project planning, etc), identifying appropriate funding sources and providing, where appropriate, grant application advice and guidance to residents as well as developing and maintaining a recommended list of approved building retrofit service suppliers (preferably PAS 2030 & PAS 2035 trained and approved). If possible, coordinating retrofit activities amongst several properties to further reduce costs. The service will be delivered through a combination of volunteers, industry professionals and a paid manager.