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Construction begins on new power plant in Crawley town centre

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Its aim is to bring greener energy to the town by capturing the heat and energy that is normally wasted away into the atmosphere.

Crawley Borough Council is calling it a ‘major milestone’ as construction begins on a new CHP plant within the site of the redeveloped town hall.

Expected to be completed by February 2022, the CHP (Combined Heat and Power) plant will be the first of its kind for the town centre and aims to produce more affordable heat and hot water for connected local residents and businesses.

The council says that it will be able to provide energy to 310 residential properties including homes at John Brackpool Court and the A2Dominion development on The Boulevard, the Town Hall residential development and the new Town Hall and will connect to the energy centre during the first phase of the project which they say will give a saving of 350 tonnes of carbon.

The scheme has been designed to enable a further 700 homes to connect to the energy centre, including new homes at Bridgefield House which have been built to be DHN ready.

There are opportunities for Crawley College, Crawley Police Station and future developments on the county buildings site to join as well, saving more than 1,500 tonnes of carbon per year.

The council will also explore the introduction of newer, greener technology as part of the phase two plans.

In compliance with the council’s local plan, the DHN will help significantly reduce energy and carbon emissions for both the council and the residents and businesses connecting to it, as generating heat centrally and distributing it through the heat network is more efficient than individual gas boilers. The CHP plant will additionally allow any waste heat to be captured and used to generate electricity for the new Town Hall.

Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, Councillor Gurinder Jhans, said:

“This is an exciting development in such an important project. The council is committed to providing cheaper, greener energy and this project will contribute towards us becoming carbon neutral to help meet our climate emergency targets.”

For more information about the Town Hall project, visit investcrawley.co.uk/development/town-hall

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Our Easy & Delicious £0.09p Blueberry Muffins

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We all love a muffin, but they can end up being quite expensive particularly if you want ones with real fruit inside. Now we show you how you can make absolutely delicious blueberry muffins that will melt with every bite and only costs £0.09p per muffin!

So don’t waste your money on pre-packed, pre-made muffins full of who-knows-what.

PLUS – if you have kids, they will love being able to make these simple yet OH-SO-NICE muffins.

And if you don’t like blueberries then try a different fruit like cherries or blackberries – or be wild and mix them up!

NOTE:
All the ingredients were purchased from Aldi, including the cupcake cases which you can also get at Asda (100 cases for £1). When the required amounts in the recipe are used, each muffins works out at only £0.09 each.

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Our Easy & Delicious £0.09p Blueberry Muffins
All you will need for this EASY recipe is a bowl to mix all the ingredients, a muffin tray and some cupcake cases.
Cuisine Muffins
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
Passive Time 10 Minutes
Servings
Muffins
Ingredients
Cuisine Muffins
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
Passive Time 10 Minutes
Servings
Muffins
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Put all the ingredients, except the blueberries, in a bowl, yes that's right, just put them all in together and mix them all up, making sure they are all well combined.
  2. Once mixed add the blueberries but when mixing be gently, they may be frozen but they will defrost very quickly and you do not want to crush them.
  3. Take a muffin baking tray and line each one with a cupcake case.
  4. Use a large spoon or spatula and place a spoonful of the mixture into a case making sure you split it all evenly across all 12 cases.
  5. If you like a crunchy top add a sprinkling of sugar across the top of each one.
  6. Of course you can make larger muffins using less cases but if you do remember to add a couple of teaspoons of water to the empty cases to that all the muffins bake evenly.
  7. Put into a preheated oven at 180 degree C for 20-25 minutes
  8. Once they have risen and are brown on top take them out of the oven and let them cool down. BE CAREFUL THEY WILL BE VERY HOT!
Recipe Notes

The muffins will be scrummy for any time of the day, particularly breakfast.  You can also freeze them once they have cooled down and either let them defrost when you fancy one, or heat in the microwave (from frozen) for 30-40 seconds to give you a gooey taste sensation (AGAIN BE CAREFUL THEY WILL BE VERY HOT).

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