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£460,000 to be spent upgrading Nottingham City Council-owned Enviroenergy plant

A Nottingham City Council-owned company is due to spend almost half a million pounds upgrading a heating station.

It comes at a time with the local authority is facing huge budget shortfalls as a result of the Covid crisis.

The council announced last week it would be making 154 job cuts, as well as closing playgrounds, suspending new apprenticeships, closing a daycare centre for disabled people, and potentially cancelling the Bonfire Night celebration at the Forest Recreation Ground.

It estimates the economic cost of Covid-19, both from increased demand for services and decreased income will be £87.9 million by April next year. To date it has received £23.5 million from the Government.

Now, the council has announced it will be awarding a contract worth £460,278 “in respect of works to be undertaken at London Road Heat Station (LRHS).

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It says the cost of the contract will be recovered from Enviroenergy – a wholly council-owned company.

A council report finds: “London Road Heat Station is a Nottingham City Council property asset which is in need of urgent structural repairs.

“The proposal is for these to be undertaken by NCC as the landowner and the costs recovered from its tenant, Enviroenergy Ltd.”

The London Road station is powered by household waste, burned at the Eastcroft Incinerator.

It converts all of Nottingham’s household waste into heat and electricity, with the steam transferred to the Enviroenergy site on London Road.

This hot water is then used to heat 4,700 homes and 130 businesses across the city.

Councillor Sally Longford is the deputy leader of Nottingham City Council and Portfolio Holder for Energy and the Environment, as well as representing Lenton and Wollaton East for Labour.

She said: “These structural repairs at the London Road Heat Station are essential and need to be carried out to ensure the building can continue supplying heat and energy to thousands of homes across Nottingham.

“The work, which has been planned for a few months, will be fully paid for by Enviroenergy – meaning there is a net-zero cost to the council.”

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