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Cambridge Corn Exchange Heating System

Decision Maker: Executive Councillor for Communities

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Matter for Decision

This was a report on the heating system replacement for Cambridge Corn Exchange. It summarised why an interim gas-based solution was necessary.


Decision of Executive Councillor for Communities

The Executive Councillor noted the report.


Reason for the Decision

As set out in the Officer’s report.


Any Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

Not applicable.


Scrutiny Considerations

The Committee received a report from the Culture and Community Manager.


Opposition Councillors made the following comments in response to the report:

  i.  Expressed concern that a gas fired heating system was installed as an emergency measure.

  ii.  There was no time to look at other options eg heat source pump) that had a longer lifespan. The gas system would need to be replaced after 9 years.

  iii.  Looked forward to cross-party action to address the issue in future.

  iv.  Welcomed the opportunity to be briefed by the engineer.


The Culture and Community Manager said the following in response to Members’ questions:

  i.  It was very complicated to get heat pump boilers installed.

  ii.  Extensive work would have to be undertaken before another type of heating system could be installed.


The Executive Councillor said that officers had looked at various heating system options.


The Committee unanimously resolved to endorse the recommendation.


The Executive Councillor approved the recommendation.


Conflicts of Interest Declared by the Executive Councillor (and any Dispensations Granted)

No conflicts of interest were declared by the Executive Councillor.


Publication date: 11/10/2021

Date of decision: 25/03/2021