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New lease of life for dead heat

Redditch Borough Council has voted in favour of plans to heat a swimming pool using energy from the town’s crematorium, the BBC reports.

It was stated that savings in excess of £14,500 would be achieved and follows the example of Warwick District Council, which has been using a similar method to heat buildings for around 15 years.

The Conservative-led Redditch authority plans to begin work in the summer to divert waste heat from the crematoroium’s chimney into the redeveloped leisure centre.

It is expected the heat from the crematorium will meet 42% of the centre’s heating demands.

Council leader Carole Gandy told the BBC it was a sensitive matter and the council had wanted to be sure the proposals had widespread support.

She said: “I am pleased to say that since news of the proposals broke and following consultation we undertook in Redditch, about 80% to 90% of the responses received by email, letter, phone calls and messages posted online have been in favour of the idea.”

The BBC also reported that the plans had been attacked by the Unison union when they were first announced, which called the proposals “sick and an insult to local residents”.