Affordable warmth scheme to benefit homes in South Leeds

Affordable warmth scheme to benefit homes in South Leeds

Seventy Leeds households are being connected to the gas main for the first time, thanks to a new fuel poverty scheme which is now underway.
Work has just begun to extend the gas mains network to properties in two areas of the city’s Beeston district, which were previously without a mains gas supply.
The project, which is being run by Northern Gas Networks and Community Energy Solutions (CES) in partnership with Housing Leeds, will see over 1km of new gas pipe being laid at Waverley Garth, Malvern Rise, Malvern Road and Malvern Grove, with the work expected to be completed by Christmas.
The £148,000 investment will be fully-funded by Northern Gas Networks as part of its on-going programme to tackle fuel poverty across the regions in which it operates.
John Peacock, Head of Connections at Northern Gas Networks, said: “Funding projects like this forms part of Northern Gas Networks’ wider commitment to bringing affordable warmth to communities and individuals in our network area that are affected by, or at risk of, fuel poverty.
“Extending the gas mains network allows those households to access heating systems with lower running costs, greater user control and lower associated carbon emissions, which will benefit both customers and the environment.”
Once gas infrastructure works have been completed, Housing Leeds plans to replace the properties’ existing electric heating with new, efficient, gas central heating systems as part of a of major refurbishment programme planned to bring unoccupied properties back to life and enhance those currently occupied.
This is expected to cut carbon emissions and provide heating systems which offer affordable warmth for tenants.
Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:  “We are delighted that Northern Gas Networks and CES are working with us to bring the vital gas supplies to the affected properties, which will be the first stage of our major refurbishment programme and will ultimately help residents achieve affordable warmth.
“We are very pleased to get the scheme underway and will be working closely with Northern Gas Networks to ensure that the project is carried out with the least disruption possible.”
Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for the environment said:  “The Council has an aspiration to bring affordable warmth to residents across Leeds and is acting to achieve this through a number of projects. It is great to see homes in South Leeds benefiting from this scheme.”
Chris Sowerbutts, Project Manager for CES, said: “The partnership between CES and Northern Gas Networks has already proven extremely successful within the local region and beyond, and we’re delighted to be supporting Housing Leeds to access the assistance to fund these gas infrastructure works, which will ultimately benefit the tenants living in the homes.”
For more information about Community Energy Solutions or to see how you or your organisation could benefit please visit www.ces-cic.org or call 0113 237 2720.