More than half a million pounds is to be poured into making a pair of leisure centres more energy efficient.

Breckland councillors have backed a plan to invest £530,000 on moves to reduce running costs and cut carbon emissions at Dereham and Thetford leisure centres.

Dereham Times: Paul Hewett, executive member for property, projects and procurement at Breckland CouncilPaul Hewett, executive member for property, projects and procurement at Breckland Council (Image: Breckland Counci)

Councillor Paul Hewett, Breckland's executive member for property, projects and procurement, said it would be money well spent.

Mr Hewett said: “We know that our leisure centres play an important role in the health and wellbeing of our residents and this major investment will make them even more efficient in the future and help us further cut our carbon footprint.”

Measures will include the installation of destratification fans which optimise heating by capturing heat at the ceiling level and forcing it downwards, back into the room, via ceiling-mounted fans.

This should cut the centres' need to use radiators.

Dereham Leisure Centre in Station Road will also get more efficient heating and lighting controls.

Some of the single-glazed windows at Breckland Leisure Centre and Waterworld Croxton Road will also be replaced.

The council claims this will save around £116,000 in energy costs each year, based on current prices.

Dereham Times: Breckland Leisure Centre in ThetfordBreckland Leisure Centre in Thetford (Image: Archant)

There would also be a reduction in annual carbon emissions from both centres of just over 175 tonnes.

A recent carbon audit showed that the council has cut its carbon emissions by 17.5pc since 2019/20, thanks to schemes such as switching its electricity supply to a green tariff provider.