Dear Head, Career Lead …

A New Sustainable Energy Education Centre for Chester

I am chair of a Charitable Incorporated Company which is developing a learning centre that will address climate change issues. One of the centre’s aims will be to help young people make their future career decisions. The Centre will use the redundant Hydro Electric station on the Chester Weir, next to the Old Dee Bridge.  Remarkably, this site has an 850-year history of low carbon energy production – originally with water wheels and then with turbines The centre will also tell the story of the river, its ecology and wildlife and will be open to the public when it is not booked for education use.

The centre’s purpose will be to enable people to learn about the many exciting projects being developed in the Cheshire West area over the next few years as we move to a net zero carbon economy, and the green career opportunities that are being created, both for young people and those seeking re-training.

We have funding from Cheshire West & Chester Council’s Climate Emergency Fund and other partners to look at the best way to develop the centre to meet these needs and we would very much appreciate your input in terms of the potential of the project as a learning resource that your school could use.

We are working with the Council, industry partners and the University of Chester to bring the plan to fruition. Our aim is to get this up and running in the next couple of years. 

Whilst we work on these plans, we are also organising a Green Expo trade show, conference and awards dinner, which will be held 16-19th June 2022, on the banks of the Dee next to the Hydro and also in the University’s Riverside Campus buildings.  We hope to be able to provide a careers and climate change solutions education service to school groups at this event.  There will be stands for local businesses big and small, to promote their net zero plans, sell their low carbon products and services, and recruit staff.  This event is supported by Cheshire West & Chester Council, the Local Enterprise Partnership and a range of industry sponsors.

I look forward to the opportunity to engage with the appropriate senior member of your team who would wish to be the point of contact for further dialogue with your school as we are keen to have the benefit of your input as we work up our plans. 

I do hope this initiative is of interest to you. I would be happy to arrange a meeting to discuss all this at your convenience. 

Niall Macfadyan, Chair, CHASE (Cheshire Heritage and Sustainability Enterprises)

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