SHROPSHIRE Council has secured £443,000 of grant funding to enable energy efficiency improvements at four council buildings across the county.

But there is no money for improvements to buildings in Ludlow.

The funding will now enable £700,000 of improvements to be carried out at Cantern Brook in Bridgnorth, Chelmaren children’s home in north Shropshire, Oswestry Library, and Mount McKinley at Shrewsbury Business Park.

At Cantern Brook, grant funding will enable the installation of low carbon lighting and heating improvements, and will also include the installation of solar panels. The work is expected to cost around £180,000.

The improvements will generate an approximate 40 per cent reduction in energy use, and will save the council 24 tonnes of carbon per year, which would fill 5.3 Olympic swimming pools or 118 double-decker buses.

It is also the equivalent of 26 return flights from Birmingham to Athens say the Council.