Town hall in line to get a wood burner

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OXFORD’S historic Town Hall could soon be heated by woodchips as part of a series of initiatives to make it greener.

The idea is part of a £600,000 scheme to help Oxford City Council make its facilities more environmentally-friendly.

The Town Hall’s existing gas-fired boiler would be converted to run on woodchips instead.

City councillor John Tanner, the executive board member for Cleaner, Greener Oxford, said: “We have already got quite a large space for a boiler because it used to be fuelled by coal and we have also still got the storage for coal which we can use for woodchips instead.

“It will be greener in that gas is a non-renewable fuel and its price is continually rising.

“Wood, meanwhile, is constantly renewable because the trees keep growing.”

Mr Tanner said the city council hoped to be able to grow the woodchips locally and estimated that the scheme would pay for itself after about 10 years.

The plan is now out to consultation with a final decision expected as part of next year’s budget discussions.

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9:47pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

It wasn't that long ago that the council was planning on introducing a "electric trucks" to bring LGV trailers into the city centre because of the issues with congestion.

Now we're going to have extra trucks delivering woodchips and a further truck to takeaway the ash for landfill - instead of a congestion free underground gas pipe with no ash.

With vast quantities of gas ready to frack across the south of England and enough coal to last several centuries under England - let's hope that the apparently cheapest option doesn't turn out to be erroneous.
It wasn't that long ago that the council was planning on introducing a "electric trucks" to bring LGV trailers into the city centre because of the issues with congestion. Now we're going to have extra trucks delivering woodchips and a further truck to takeaway the ash for landfill - instead of a congestion free underground gas pipe with no ash. With vast quantities of gas ready to frack across the south of England and enough coal to last several centuries under England - let's hope that the apparently cheapest option doesn't turn out to be erroneous. Andrew:Oxford

4:14am Sun 15 Dec 13

East Oxford Web Watcher says...

What a load of rubbish Mr Tanner. Yes you are correct trees keep on growing, but you will burn a 20 year old tree in a week, so if we all did that all the trees in Oxford would be gone by the new year, and then what for the next 20 years?
What a load of rubbish Mr Tanner. Yes you are correct trees keep on growing, but you will burn a 20 year old tree in a week, so if we all did that all the trees in Oxford would be gone by the new year, and then what for the next 20 years? East Oxford Web Watcher

10:47am Sun 15 Dec 13

mytaxes says...

How much will it cost? Wood pellets have increased in the last year from £200 per tonne to £250/260 whereas the price of heating oil has come down. You do not know what gas/oil/wood will cost in the next 5 years so you have no way of knowing the cost to the taxpayer.
How much will it cost? Wood pellets have increased in the last year from £200 per tonne to £250/260 whereas the price of heating oil has come down. You do not know what gas/oil/wood will cost in the next 5 years so you have no way of knowing the cost to the taxpayer. mytaxes

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