With Isle of Wight Council’s Eco-Island vision, the Heights Leisure Centre in Sandown is continuing with its green credentials by further reducing its carbon emissions.
In 2006, the centre began operating a new environmentally friendly scheme and installed high efficiency electric motors and improved heating and ventilation systems. This has already resulted in a saving of £11,000 in fuel bills.
Now, it is envisaged a further £5000 will be saved with the installation of new low energy lights in the swimming pools. The lights use a lot less power than the current bulbs whilst maintaining the same level of brightness.
Visitors will also be able to soon use a brand new spa in the Health Suite. A state of the art facility will be installed towards the end of June, replacing the current spa which was first opened in the 1990s.
Because of the various works at The Heights to install the new equipment and continuing maintenance work, both the pool and the Health Suite will be closed to the public at set times. The Health Suite will be closed on June 23rd for the duration of the installation of the new spa, which will be approximately one week.
Isle of Wight Council Deputy Leader George Brown said
“Having already saved several thousand pounds through using more energy efficient methods, The Heights is continuing to become even greener by installing new low-energy pool lights. Customers won’t really notice a difference and the cost of the new lights will be more than paid for by the savings the centre will make. This is another example of what Eco-Island is about”.
Dave McDine, Facility Manager at The Heights said
“The new spa is the same shape and size as the current facility and this will ensure that disruption to customers during the installation period is kept to an absolute minimum. Although there will be some disruption to the facilities at the centre for a short time,
I’m sure that customers will appreciate the installation of the new spa and will welcome the improvements to the pool environment and also recognise the councils commitment to continue to make energy savings”.
IWC Media: Isle of Wight Community News @Island Pulse.
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