Solar panels on the way for Bicester Leisure Centre

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VISITORS to Bicester Leisure Centre can enjoy even more good clean fun after plans for new solar panels were approved on Thursday last week.

The 60 energy-generating panels are set to be installed on a flat roof at the leisure centre in Queen’s Avenue, and will have a dark finish and a non-reflective coating to minimise glare.

Panels will be fitted on frames at a slight angle, and will be more than 400ft from the nearest homes in Hudson Street.

Planning officers said solar panels would have little visual impact on the surrounding area, and said public views would be limited due to the height of the building and the low-lying nature of the panels, which they said would blend in with the existing paraphernalia on the roof.

The eco-friendly plans were found to be in line with Government guidance over the reduction of carbon emissions.

No objections had been sent to Cherwell District Council’s planning committee by deadline for public comments on Thursday.

Councillors said the solar panels would make an, “important contribution to the use of renewable energy sources.”