Case study: Whitehill Bordon, an Ecotown in the UK
In 2009 the UK Government named four towns as
"eco-towns". The towns receive some government funding and are granted eco-town status on the basis of the potential for achieving a high level of sustainability. The funding aims to provide:
- affordable housing
- sustainable living
- carbon neutral developments
- creative use of waste and high rates of recycling
- employment which is local
- locals have a say in the development
- there must be local services and schools, so less demand for use of cars
Whitehill Bordon is one example. It was given eco-town status in 2009.
- Around £10 million was given by the government. This money funded many local projects.
- MOD land (a brownfield site) will be converted into an exhibition house informing residents about how low carbon living can work. The grounds will be designed to encourage local wildlife and grow food.
- Energy saving measures have been started in public buildings. The redeveloped fire station is to have a biomass [biomass energy: Energy made from biological materials such as wood, waste or alcohol. ] boiler.
- Free wi-fi in the town centre will enable communities to join together.
- Free loft insulation is given to householders to help save energy.
- Over 50 green spaces around and within the town are identified to protect and enhance wildlife. A broadwalk, made from recycled materials, is being built.
- Eco-grants are available to local businesses to help reduce their carbon footprint [carbon footprint: The amount of carbon generated from activities people do. ].
- The initiative hopes to create 5,500 jobs by 2028.
- There is a strong link with the community - with local consultations and representatives.
An article on the Whitehall Bordon ecotown in East Hampshire
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