Town to lead way on climate change

Alasdair McCabe at the Exit centre
Alasdair McCabe at the Exit centre

A Glenrothes community hub is to help residents reduce their carbon footprint thanks to a major new ‘eco grant’ of £22,000.

The Exit Community Centre in Pitteuchar has been awarded the sum by the Scottish Government as part of £1.4 million Climate Challenge Fund.

The Glenrothes-based centre is one of 15 projects in Scotland to be awarded the funding.

Part of the money will be used to raise awareness of energy efficiency within the community.

Initiatives will also include expert-led workshops showing people how to live more energy efficiently in their homes, at work and in their daily lives.

The Exit Centre will also receive a facelift with the installation of new energy-efficient windows and doors to help reduce fuel bills and carbon emissions at the centre.

Vice chairman of the centre Alastair McCabe told the Gazette securing the funding is great news for the whole community.

“We were initially turned down two years ago, but to be granted the award in this latest round of funding is fantastic news and will benefit the whole community”, said Alastair.

“As well as improvements to the centre and making it more cost effective to run, we will help the wider area as we take on a lead role within the community .

“We will be able to offer advice and help to residents to become more environmentally aware which will also help people to save money on fuel bill and living expenses,’’ he added.

Announcing the funding minister for environment Paul Wheelhouse said: “Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing our global community and here in Scotland we want to be part of the solution.

“That’s why we set up the Climate Challenge Fund; to support and inspire communities to tackle climate change by reducing emissions through a range of innovative schemes.

“I look forward to seeing the results of all 15 projects, including this one in Glenrothes.”