Project scrapped

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A PIONEERING energy saving project in Fylde has been scrapped.

Fylde Council was one of the first authorities in the country to run an environmental scheme dedicated to helping borough residents reduce climate change and carbon emissions.

But after four years, Fylde Low Waste and Energy (FLoWE) has been shelved.

A Fylde spokesman said: “Fylde was one of the first local authorities in the country to have a project like it. But it was a very tight budget this year and we had to look at saving money. All the services went under the microscope and FLoWE was one of the casualties.”

FLoWE was the idea of former Fylde MP Michael Jack who wanted to make Fylde the most sustainable borough in the country and the most energy efficient by 2020. The project, started in April 2007, was initially government financed, but Fylde Council later took on the majority of the funding – at a cost of £56,000 last year.

The spokesman added: “We had a FLoWE officer who worked with schools and businesses. He was also very involved in getting householders and hoteliers to use loft insulation and energy-saving light bulbs. But as part of the council tax setting meeting we cut the post of FLoWE officer to save £27,000. That officer has now had his duties changed.”

FLoWE’s former project manager Andrew Loynd, has been appointed as car park manager and will also deal part time with environmental savings within the council on a part-time basis.