A town in the UK, Redditch in Worcestershire, has proposed a rather novel way to
- heat its new Abbey Stadium sports center and swimming pool
- save money (£14,500 a year; about $22,886)
- combat global warning and reduce its carbon footprint
Redditch council proposes to use heat from a neighboring crematorium to heat the new sports facilities and pool, the January 24th Guardian reports. The project would have been (I guess I’m not surprised?) the ‘first project of its kind’ in the UK.
The Guardian quotes a range of opinions that suggest the (not surprising) ambivalence felt about such an arrangement:
Simon Thomas, of Thomas Brothers funeral directors, said: “I don’t know how comfortable people would feel about the swimming pool being heated due to the death of a loved one, I think it’s a bit strange and eerie.”
Council leader Carole Gandy defended the plans, saying it would save money and energy. “I’d much rather use the energy rather than just see it going out of the chimney and heating the sky. It will make absolutely no difference to the people who are using the crematorium for services.””It’s only a proposal at the moment but personally I’m supportive of it because I think it will save the authority money and, in the long-term, save energy which is what we’re all being told we should do.”
Gordon Hull, from the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities, said: “From an environmental view it makes sense.”
According to the January 26th TVNZ, the crematorium-heating-pool idea has been ‘slammed’ as ‘sick’ and an ‘insult’ to local residents by critics. A public meeting to discuss the plan will be held on Thursday, the Daily Mail reports; the council’s executive committee will then meet next Tuesday to discuss the plan.
Is the proposal to heat a swimming pool via a crematorium an idea that is ‘ahead of its time’—-or simply too sick to merit further consideration?
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