Funding helps tenants to access gas for first time

Funding helps tenants to access gas for first time

More than 100 A1 Housing tenants in the Bracebridge area of Worksop will have access to natural gas mains for the first time thanks to £180k of funding from gas network Cadent, in partnership with Affordable Warmth Solutions (AWS).

The two-month project on High Hoe Road, Bracebridge Avenue and Bracebridge was completed last week and will help to prevent a number of elderly, and in some cases vulnerable, tenants from falling further into fuel poverty in the winter months by providing even more affordable and efficient heating.

Properties in this area, which are a mixture of one and two-bedroomed bungalows, are currently heated by a combination of solid and oil fuelled, electric storage, and ground source heating. However, some A1 Housing tenants have already been connected up to the new natural gas mains and now have gas fired Combi Boilers installed in their homes.

A1 Housing tenant, Mrs Jean Hall, said: “I think it’s brilliant. I had my new boiler installed in July and it’s much better than the old ground source heating. Because it was so cold last winter, the ground source heater struggled to keep the house warm and comfortable - now I can just get hot water and heating whenever I need. It sounds so simple, but it’s going to make my life a lot more comfortable this winter and might even make the bills a bit cheaper.”

Prior to the funding being sought, 104 tenants in Bracebridge were consulted in January 2018 to establish their satisfaction with their current heating provision. Of the tenants who responded, more than 80% were either very dissatisfied or dissatisfied.

Andrew Steen, Heating, Mechanical and Electrical Manager for A1 Housing, said: “This consultation helped to identify a clear need for a major upgrade of existing heating installations and the opportunity to apply to AWS for funding to install natural gas mains in this area.

“Through this funding, we are pleased to offer tenants the opportunity to have natural gas fuelled central heating installed in their homes at no cost to themselves, and replace their existing heating supply, should they wish.”

Cllr Steve Scotthorne, Cabinet Member for Housing at Bassetlaw District Council, added: “Ensuring that tenants have access to the most affordable heating and do not slip into fuel poverty is a key issue for the Council and A1 Housing. We are thrilled to be able to offer tenants access to gas mains and I would like to thank Cadent and Affordable Warmth Solutions for this crucial funding.”

Leigh Page, Commercial Services Manager at Cadent, which is funding the project and working in partnership with AWS, said: “We’re delighted to be working with A1 Housing and AWS to help residents in Worksop. Connecting people to gas means they can benefit from affordable and efficient heating. Since 2008, and through Ofgem’s Fuel Poverty Network Extension Scheme, we’ve connected more than 43,000 households across the country to the gas network.”

Jeremy Nesbitt, Managing Director at Affordable Warmth Solutions, who administer the project and work in partnership with Cadent Gas said: “This project shows the importance of true partnership working and how obstacles can be overcome. The works have enabled A1 Housing tenants to benefit from a heating system that they can afford to use and is easy to control.”

Installations of natural gas mains in Bracebridge began in May 2018 and were completed at the beginning of August by contractors T&K Gallagher Ltd. A1 Housing will now offer individual tenants the opportunity to have a gas fired combi boiler installed in their homes.

Last Updated on Wednesday, January 16, 2019