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Newport community feeling the heat thanks to Biffa Award funding
24 April 2015

Moreton Millennium Community Centre in Newport secured a £1,500 grant from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund. 


The upgrade project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, replaced the oil fired boiler with a more efficient condensing boiler.


The original boiler was installed when the community centre was built in 2000, but following the completion of the project works the committee envisage that the new condensing boiler will reduce oil consumption, cost and emissions.  The committee is also hoping to increase the heating capacity for the hall, making it more comfortable and accommodating for regular functions and activities, especially in the winter months.


Tony Frost, Chairman of Management Committee, Moreton Millennium Community Centre, said:


“We are extremely grateful to Biffa Award for the contribution towards our boiler replacement project.  Since taking on the role as Chairman, inadequacy of the heating for events in the hall, has been the most serious issue that we have addressed, because comfort of or visitors is essential if they are to use the facility regularly and it has therefore challenged our viability.  Furthermore, heating oil is our highest single annual cost, so the more-efficient, condensing boiler will help to reduce this cost.”


Stan Kerr, Regular user of the village hall and organiser of charitable events, said:


“I have been involved in the management of the Millennium Centre and organisation of events for more than 10 years.  The most serious problem we have faced is the heating system which was inadequate, inefficient and expensive to run.  Replacing the 15 year old boiler with a condensing unit has eradicated this problem, improved the effectiveness of the system, reduced the oil consumption cost and improved our carbon footprint.” 


Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:


“We’re pleased to be able to support Moreton Millennium Community Centre with their improvement project.  This is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local spaces for the community.”