Open meeting discusses Armley Moor digging and ‘community payback’ funding

Armley Town Street unexpected beauty
Armley Moor. Photo by Robert Hanson

The latest developments connected to works to install ground source heat pumps at high-rise flats – and their impact on Armley Moor – will be discussed at a public meeting next week.

As reported yesterday by WLD, Cenergist has been awarded a £2,029,673 contract to revamp the heating in Burnsall Court and Gardens with new low-carbon heating and hot water systems. The improvements are better for the environment and cheaper for tenants to run.

Engineers will need to dig a number of bore holes on the moor in order to install the new system, with work starting on council land to Burnsall Court and Gardens before moving onto the remaining two blocks, Grange and Croft.

The meeting has been organised by volunteers at Armley Common Right Trust, which manages the land on behalf of the people of Armley. It will discuss the latest news on the moor work and how it’s going to move forward, as well as setting a date for the next formal Trustees meeting.

Following last month’s public meeting, the contractors and Leeds City Council have offered the Trust £20,000 as ‘community payback’ for work on the new heat pumps taking place on the moor. The meeting will discuss ideas on how to spend the money following a recent public consultation.

Interplay Armley
Venue: Interplay Theatre in Armley Ridge Road

The next open meeting of the Trust will be on Thursday, 15 September 2022 at 6.30pm at Interplay on Armley Ridge Road. All Armley residents are welcome to attend.

The new measures will replace the ineffective electric storage heaters currently used by residents.

Work was due to start five months ago but had been delayed due to legal issues. The council this week confirmed a start date of this month.

The Trust protects and maintains six pieces of land in Armley, including Hill Top, Charlie Cake Park, Moor Top (at the junction of Town Street and Wortley Road), Armley Moor, Far Fold (over Theaker Lane from the Moor) and Ley Lane (beyond Mistress Lane).

The Trust’s Facebook page can be found here.

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