Crematorium heat for pool backed
A senior Government minister has backed a controversial scheme to heat a public swimming pool with energy from a nearby crematorium.
Commons Leader Sir George Young praised the "groundbreaking scheme" and said he would "die a happier man" if he knew heat from his cremation was warming the waters of a local pool.
The scheme links the crematorium in Redditch, Worcestershire, with the Abbey Stadium Leisure Centre.
Tory MP for Redditch Karen Lumley said it was an "innovative scheme which could save £14,500 a year to the taxpayer by heat not being put out into the atmosphere".
During questions on future Commons business, Sir George said: "I will die a happier man if the heat generated by my cremation could increase the temperature of any nearby swimming pool."
He added: "The Government is aware of this particular scheme, the Department of (Energy and) Climate Change will shortly be publishing its heat strategy and this will explore the potential for better recovery and reuse of wasted heat in schemes such as this one."
When the plans were announced the Unison trade union described the Conservative-run council's cost-saving proposals as "insulting and insensitive".