TWO council buildings in Otley and Yeadon are to go green with the installation of sustainable heating systems.

Spring Gardens in Otley and The North West Recovery Hub, also known as Suffolk Court, in Yeadon will have ground source heat pumps installed in the summer.

Ward councillor Colin Campbell, who lobbied for the new system, said:"The pumps are a pollution free way of providing heating to the centres. In effect they take heat from below ground, store it and use it to feed radiators. The system has the double benefit of, after installation costs, producing free energy, which will allow cost saving to be reinvested in local services."

Cllr Sandy Lay added: "This is a first for our area and is one of a number of green initiatives we are discussing with Leeds. If the projects are a success the principle can be extended to other sites. We are particularly keen for the developers of the east of Otley site to look at this technology to provide pollution free energy for new homeowners and businesses."