Littlebury Energy Project

What would be needed to decarbonise a whole village? This is the question it is hoped will be answered by a project taking place in Littlebury.

Uttlesford District Council and Essex County council are supporting Littlebury Parish Council and Saffron Walden Community Energy in the development of an overview plan to help the village move from oil heating to lower carbon options.

Cllr Louise Pepper of Uttlesford District Council says “we’re aiming to use this project as a blueprint for other off-grid villages in the district as part of our Climate Change Action Plan. We’re enormously grateful for the enthusiasm that Littlebury Parish Council is putting in to help with it. With energy bills on the rise, this is an especially timely intervention”.

First steps in the Littlebury Energy Project are:

  • Sending a questionnaire to all homes so we have better information about the village.
  • Undertaking detailed analysis of 10 to 15 homes of varying types with the parish, to understand what is needed to improve energy use.
  • Collating all the information to provide a full report.

Initial results were presented at a very well attended open day on 23rd April at the Village Hall.

From left to right: Emily Brisley (Citizens Advice Bureau), Chris Dodge and Alicia Moersdorf (Saffron Walden Community Energy), Ollie Pendered (Community Energy South) Cllr Paul Gadd (Essex CC) and Chloe Fiddy (UDC).

An initial summary of questionnaire responses (63 so far) can be viewed here.