Walking on sunshine

Councillor John Gaffney, Whiston Town Mayor Councillor David Williams and Whiston Town Clerk Sandra Mayers standing near the solar panels
Councillor John Gaffney, Whiston Town Mayor Councillor David Williams and Whiston Town Clerk Sandra Mayers standing near the solar panels
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COUNCIL chiefs in Whiston have had a bright idea - installing solar panels to the town hall.

The panels have already saved the town council £112 since they were put in place in December.

And Whiston mayor David Williams says plans are underway to extend the scheme to other council buildings.

He said: “We first had the idea about a year ago because like everyone else we are looking at ways to save money in light of the government spending cuts and ways to help the environment.

“We’re really with how is has gone so far. Obviously it’s winter at the moment so we’ll be getting less sun but once summer arrives we can expect to make even more savings.

“All the money we save will go straight back to the council to save money on next year’s precepts.”

Coun Williams said the Robert Faulks Centre and the George Hammond Centre had both been earmarked as potential future developments.

Regular updates on how much council tax payers money is being saved - and the reduction to the carbon emmissions - are available on Whiston Town Council’s website.

The moves comes just two months after determined councillors in Whiston splashed out £2,000 of their own cash to buy a mobile speed camera for Merseyside Police.

Town council mayor David Williams said at the time the decision to make the purchase was made after numerous complaints from residents about speeding motorists.

Residents and councillors have highlighted Windy Arbor Road as one of the main local hotspots for speeding.