We carried out audits at five community-owned buildings between Melmerby and Castle Carrock. With our experience, knowledge and expertise in community buildings and renewable energy, we were asked to show what’s needed and what’s possible at these venues, to improve the building fabric and energy efficiency.
We also identified opportunities to involve local communities in any works that might take place in these buildings, as a part of their area’s heritage. For example, could there be open days, site visits, workshops about the renovations? Community involvement is a key part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s aims.
We completed this work in spring 2020, and we’re excited to have the opportunity to progress it further through our ongoing involvement in the heritage buildings aspect of the Fellfoot Forward project over the four years of the project, from 2020 to 2024.
With our background in supporting community energy in Cumbria, we were asked to explore options for this in Castle Carrock.
A desktop survey was carried out on the potential for a community scale and community owned hydro scheme. An existing, decommissioned pipeline was located originating on the fellside and feeding down into Castle Carrock Reservoir. At the time of the study, the costs and time taken to reinstate this pipeline, install and connect a hydro turbine did not offer sufficient return on investment to make the project viable.
There remains potential in the fall from the reservoir to the pumping station below, owned by United Utilities.