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Members will  discuss investing more than £400k  to develop schemes which will increase income to support line services  over the next two decades, and improve the lives of  Cambridgeshire’s rural communities at the County Council’s next General Purposes Committee (Nov 27).

Next week GPC will be asked to approve:

  • £62k of additional Prudential Borrowing to fund initial planning and design work for the Stanground Closed Landfill Energy Project – a project which will see ‘clean energy’ solar photovoltaics and battery storage installed at the site set to generate £36.9m over the next 25 years to re-invest into front line services.
  • £43k  prudential borrowing, again for planning and design,  for the Woodston Closed Landfill Energy Project for a battery storage project set to  generate £9m for frontline services over the next  25 years

Full business cases for both these schemes were approved by the C&I committee in Sept, and it is hoped work will start on them by 2020/2.

The committee will further be asked to approve £275k for two replacement mobile libraries to keep Cambridgeshire County Council’s mobile library service - targeted at more remote areas of the county - fit for purpose.

Cambridgeshire currently has three mobile libraries which stop at 366 locations in 219 different communities and villages throughout Cambridgeshire, including residential homes and sheltered accommodation sites.

This scheme will also be funded by borrowing; with an annual cost of £32k per year in 2019/20 which decreases each year afterwards.

“These proposals being discussed by committee next week are part of the work the council is doing to make sure we can continue to maintain essential services not just for next year – but for many decades to come” said Cllr Steve Count, Leader of the council and chair of the GPC committee.

“By being responsible and prudent with our resources, my aim is for our council to continue to deliver high quality services which in turn will support the county’s growth as an economic power house in the UK.”


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