To help us finalise ambitious plans to harness the power of the River Tyne and to attract the investment needed to turn Hexham River Hydro into reality, we have arranged a public display of the proposals and two public meetings. The meetings are deliberately timed to allow your input from the discussion to be taken into account in the final design.
Jim chaired this meeting, which had 28 in attendance – apparently a record, and with several people there for the first time.
While stressing that the group looks at various projects and ideas, and that small-scale ideas are always welcome, Gillian concentrated her report on the Hydro project. A recent presentation (22 Aug) had provided a realistic appraisal of technical and financial aspects. The latter were less promising than at the start of the project, but there had been clear support for continuing.
We are so pleased that we are now able to announce details of Hexham River Hydro’s multi talented team of consultants. Thanks to our many supporters up and down the country Hexham River Hydro won Energyshare’s top prize of £100,000 which has enabled us to move ahead. We are enormously grateful to the Energyshare fund itself, supported by British Gas and River Cottage, which is helping to bring our vision for Hexham and the wider region a step closer, alongside all the expert advice we receive from Carbon Leapfrog.
Against strong national competition, Cundall Johnston & Partners LLP trading as Cundall, an international multi-disciplinary Engineering consultancy whose head office is in Newcastle has been appointed as our lead consultant http://www.cundall.com . Mann Power Consulting Ltd http://www.mannpower-hydro.co.uk , will be the key advisor on hydrology, guided by Fishtek a specialist fisheries consultancy http://www.fishtek.co.uk and local ecologist Ruth Hadden, Ryall Soil and Ecology.
Hexham Hydro came first in the Energy Share competition and has secured £100,000 to further the project. This will include having detailed plans drawn up and carrying out a full environmental impact survey. We are all very excited and looking forward to working towards Hexham having a hydro scheme that will act as a model for other towns and which will produce sustainable energy for years to come and much needed income for the town. A huge thankyou to everyone who voted.
Please go to the the Hexham Community Partnership hydro webpage for more information on the scheme.
Many thanks to everyone who brought plants to last month’s Plant and Seedling Swap, and to all of you who took them away to give them a new home. It was very successful – and will be repeated next Spring.
Transition Tynedale’s next market stall will be on Saturday June 25th. We will be focusing on the Hexham Hydro Project, a joint venture between Transition Tynedale and Hexham Community Partnership to generate electricity on the Tyne.
Come along between 9 and 1.30 to find out more about the project and support our bid for funding for a feasibility study. Any help on the stall would be very welcome – including putting it up and taking it down.