In November 2021 the Whitley Bay Big Local board approved a proposal that will set our community centre on a path to become a low carbon community. As proud owners of the former job centre building and thanks to the Community Ownership Fund, North of Tyne Combined Authority and Local Trust, we have secured funding to make the dream of developing a low carbon community a reality.
Initial ideals for the centre are to strive for carbon neutrality, to provide information and inspiration, to encourage local leadership and to be a financially sustainable hub that survives for generations to come. These ideals are long-term, but there are things that we will be doing (or not doing) immediately to increase our carbon efficiency.
We have adapted our own behaviours and practices, making simple changes to reduce our impact on the environment, such as refillable cleaning products and procurement from local suppliers where possible.
We maintain the environmental improvements with local community consultation events to develop our future as a sustainable hub. We’re seeking the funding to make the vision of an eco-hub a reality.
There are two main ambitions for the centre.
To reduce its impact on the world around us.
To inform and inspire local people about climate change.
Thanks to new revenue funding from National Lottery Community Fund, we will be developing an Environmental Action Plan for Whitley Bay, including consideration for how we develop the building and activities we can provide both in the centre and around Whitley Bay.
Since we went public with the ambition to become a Community Eco-Hub, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We have welcomed new people as members and are having conversations with more people.