The Green Room, a zero energy development and social space built by the community, for the community of Kirknewton, opens its doors at 10am on Tuesday 4th February.
5 years work, 400+ volunteer hours worth nearly £8000, a KCDT and community contribution of £30,000 and a Leader contribution of nearly £121,000 has gone into your new build at 12 Main Street (you can see some of the original discussions going on at the former site on google street view!)
The Green Room will be open weekdays from 9am til 1pm. Pop in for wifi, a cuppa, home baking, meeting friends, a chat, reading a newspaper or book. You can hire a tablet/laptop/e reader or for people who work from home to have a space ‘out of the office’ with printing facilities if required. If it’s raining you can also wait for the bus! It really is a community space and hours of opening will increase with volunteer help and your ideas!
The build will also be available for meetings, state of the art training facilities, parties and family events.
This zero energy development was built by the Kirknewton community for the community, co-ordinated by the Kirknewton Community Development Trust. The build was one of the objectives identified in the Kirknewton Community Development Plan 2012 – 2014. You can read the whole Development Plan at http://issuu.com/kirknewton/docs/community_development_plan_nov_11
The new build minimises use of energy by incorporating very high levels of insulation and air-tightness into it’s structure.
With the generation of electricity using photo-voltaic cells on the roof and the recovery of heat from ventilated air we hope to make the building carbon-neutral over it’s life.
This building is part financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community West Lothian Leader 2008 – 2013 programme and the Kirknewton Community Development Trust.
The project is also supported by the Big Lottery Scotland. Project aims inlude the creation of employment and provide volunteer opportunities for experience required to get back into employment or education. The aim is also to provide more opportunities for young people in the West Lothian village.
Future funding is dependent on use and the £100,000 per year community benefit plus investment in the EFRG Fauch Hill windfarm, if it goes ahead. The majority Kirknewton view of support for Fauch Hill (gathered by independent survey) was represented at the recent public inquiry (you can find the results of the Kirknewton survey at http://issuu.com/kirknewton/docs/fauch_hill_wind_farm_survey )
We hope the result of the public inquiry will be known soon.
The build is available to hire any day from 9am til 9pm for £10 an hour – telephone 01506 883988, e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also book the Village Hall at the number/email above or contact Gill Greaves on 07816 880175 for either the Village Hall or the Green Room.