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					                             Environmental Policy
                                       for
                            Bacton-on-Sea Village Hall
                                  Charity No. 303896

Introduction:
The main object of the charity, as stated in its Governing Scheme, is the
provision and maintenance of a village hall for use by the inhabitants of the area
of benefit, for leisure, sport, social and educational activities.
The hall is situated in an environmentally sensitive area, which is suffering severe
coastal erosion.

Context:
Protection and enhancement of the local and global environments are
increasingly seen as key parts of achieving sustainable development and long
term improvements to quality of life for all and are priorities in local government
strategies.

Approach:
A vast number of people and groups utilize the village hall, both on a regular and
ad hoc basis. It is the trustees’ aim, as far as it is within their control, to reduce
the environmental impact of the hall by:


    1. Complying with, and where possible exceed, all relevant environmental
       legislation, regulations and other requirements which apply.

    2. Reduce the environmental impacts of hall activities where practicable
       and economically possible, through the effective management of the
       hall’s energy use, resource use, waste management and emissions.

    3. Continually improve the hall’s environmental performance by setting
       objectives and developing actions or projects to achieve them. (Annual
       review).Work in partnership with other organisations or local government
       to achieve common objectives.

    4. Function as a local example of ‘good practise’ to improve the level of
       environmental understanding and knowledge throughout the local
       community.

    5. Key objectives - achieved:

The Building:
    Minimise energy use - the hall has been extensively refurbished (2006-
      07) to comply with latest requirements for insulation.
    In-effective electric heating was substituted with gas central heating (Boiler
      Vaillant EcoTecplus condensing combi), with thermostat at source, as well
      as in each of the two main areas for individual control. (Unfortunately,
      when funding for refurbishment (£350.000) was applied for in 2005, social
      rather than environmental outcomes were priority, which meant that
       installation of renewable energy or grey-water harvesting, were viewed as
       ‘not essential’).
      New fridge (Liebherr A+ rating) and cooker (Lofra A rating for both ovens)
       installed.

Daily Use:
     Minimising waste - waste separation is in operation – with paper,
       cardboard, plastic and cans recycled via a green bin on site and users
       requested to take glass home for re-use or to the nearest bottle bank (in
       the village).
     Resource use – aim to use paper towels and toilet paper from re-cycled
       paper products and environmental friendly cleaning products, as far as
       viable.
     Minimise energy use - during non-use the thermostats for heating are
       turned down to 15c and the heating system is completely shut down
       overnight (21.00-07.00 hrs.)
     Taps on hand basins in toilets are automatic switch-off and toilets and
       urinals set to low flush.
     Minimising energy use in connection with transport - local service
       provision of satellite Post Office, CAB and exercise classes to help reduce
       the need for car travel to nearest Market Town (5 miles).
     Environmental awareness – promote ‘good environmental practise’ by
       setting an example.

Outside Area:
    Enhancing biodiversity and green spaces - pieces of lawn in front of
      and next to the hall have been turned into a wildflower garden with a
      growing willow arbour and camomile seat. Native hedging has been
      planted to frame a walkway and fill in spaces in existing hedge
      surrounding the car park.
    Minimize energy use - all outdoor lights are ‘security type’, i.e only
      activated by movement.

Key objectives - to be achieved:
Building:
    Continue to develop existing measures and consider new technologies
       and improvements, which can reduce the hall’s carbon footprint.

Local Community:
    Serve as example and offer support to other local groups, projects and
      individuals, who are committed to work towards a healthier environment.
      (Hall trustees are currently involved in two initiatives: Free support to local
      groups to use the hall’s IT equipment, help with governance, funding
      applications etc. and have been researching the need/wish for a local
      Community Composting Scheme).



    As the charity has no employees, the responsibility for this policy, its implementation and
     periodical review to reflect current law, rests with the board of trustees. (March 2009)

				
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