solar energy plans submitted for Burnham's Princess Theatre
plans for a new £30,000 solar energy farm on top of Burnham-On-Sea's
Princess Theatre have been formally submitted this week.
town council has raised a planning application to introduce the
solar panels on the building's south-facing roof.
high cost of the project has been questioned by several councillors
since the theatre has made a loss of £27,439 during the
six months since the Town Council took over its ownership and
the deficit could reach over £66,000 by March.
Dennis Davey told a recent town council meeting: "I'd question
whether we still want to go ahead. I'm concerned that the money
could be better used inside The Princess."
Cllr Chris Williams, Vice Chairman of the Princess Management
Committee, said the solar proposals would save the theatre money
in the longer term.
expect to save thousands of pounds in electricity costs over several
years so the up-front costs will be recouped," he told a
added: "The Princess is performing considerably better than
under its former owner, Sedgemoor District Council, which had
an annual deficit of £102,000. When
you remove our initial set-up costs of £7,338, the actual
operating deficit was £20,101 in the first six months. We
had a net income of £14,352 during the period and are still
within our budget."
District Council's planning department is welcoming feedback from
residents on the solar plans by February 17th.
reported last year how the ownership
of The Princess had transferred from Sedgemoor District Council
to Burnham and Highbridge Town Council last April. The District
Council sold The Princess for the nominal sum of £1.
Top, how one of the solar energy cells will look on top of the
roof of the Princess Theatre in Burnham