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Extra cash for growing veg, dog fouling and heating scheme in Swansea

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 05, 2013

Excess heat generated by the LC to provide energy to nearby public buildings

Excess heat generated by the LC to provide energy to nearby public buildings

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COMMUNITIES might be getting a little extra help to grow their own food under a "grow local" initiative due to kick off in Swansea later this year.

Swansea Council is considering a £50,000 scheme to help increase the amount of local authority land it can make available for green-fingered folk to cut out the supermarket and grow their own fruit and veg.

It's just one of a series of community-based sustainability and environmental initiatives being looked at in Swansea over the coming years.

Provision has been made in the budget report for the Grow Local scheme, for a feasibility project for a district heating scheme and a community renewable energy project.

Littering

On top of this an extra £160,000 is also being allocated to tackling littering across Swansea with an emphasis on dealing with dog fouling. Rob Stewart, cabinet member for finance, said: "These targeted initiatives will make a difference to people's lives at a community level."

Sybil Crouch, cabinet member for sustainability, added: "The council wants look at ways in which local communities can become more sustainable in meeting their energy needs.

"For example, the district heating scheme will look at the feasibility of using the excess heat generated by the LC to provide energy to nearby public buildings.

"The community regeneration scheme will consider the potential of developing small scale power generation for local communities where the excess is sold to the National Grid and the profits ploughed back into the scheme."

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