Project to heat homes

To­ry­glen will ben­e­fit

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

An £8.5mil­lion project is set to be launched in To­ry­glen to re­duce en­ergy bills for 700 homes in the area.

Leader of Glas­gow City Coun­cil, Coun­cil­lor Frank McAveety and Brenda Wil­son, Chair, This­tle Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, signed up to the scheme last week.

It is also hoped the pro­gramme will im­prove build­ing fab­ric on homes be­tween now and late 2016.

Six dif­fer­ent fund­ing streams have been brought to­gether by the coun­cil’s af­ford­able warmth team.

They say it will com­plete the up­grad­ing of 1733 homes in the To­ry­glen area, and will mean im­proved homes for lo­cal res­i­dents, re­duc­ing en­ergy bills through mea­sures such as ex­ter­nal wall in­su­la­tion and new roofs.

Th­ese homes are lo­cated im­me­di­ately be­side those be­ing de­liv­ered through the To­ry­glen Trans­for­ma­tional Re­gen­er­a­tion Area (TRA) project, and the work will en­hance and com­ple­ment the TRA in­vest­ment and the wider re­gen­er­a­tion of To­ry­glen.

The part­ners in this project are Glas­gow City Coun­cil, This­tle Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, E. ON En­ergy So­lu­tions and the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

This­tle Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion will be work­ing with E.ON to de­liver this en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and re­pairs pro­gramme.

Coun­cil­lor McAveety said: “This project takes a bold ap­proach to trans­form­ing th­ese homes in To­ry­glen, im­prov­ing peo­ple’s lives and their com­mu­ni­ties.

“I am de­lighted that the part­ners have de­vised such an imag­i­na­tive so­lu­tion to bring­ing to­gether all the fund­ing that will al­low this work to take place, and wel­come the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s in­volve­ment in this unique ini­tia­tive. This could be a blueprint for fu­ture schemes.”

Brenda Wil­son, Chair­per­son, This­tle Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, said: “We are de­lighted that through this part­ner­ship with Glas­gow City Coun­cil and the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, the res­i­dents of all 1733 houses in To­ry­glen will now ben­e­fit sig­nif­i­cantly from im­proved homes.

“We know from the first phase of 1033 homes that not only are homes much warmer but there are sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings to be made in en­ergy bills.”

Nigel Dew­bery, Head of Obli­ga­tion De­liv­ery, E.ON En­ergy So­lu­tions, said: “Our in­vest­ment in en­ergy sav­ings schemes like this bring real ben­e­fits to com­mu­ni­ties, not only to the thou­sands of peo­ple whose homes will be more com­fort­able and more af­ford­able to heat, but also sup­ply chain part­ners that will be work­ing along­side us.

“Work­ing with This­tle Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion gives us the unique op­por­tu­nity to de­liver home en­ergy im­prove­ments, not just for to­day’s Glas­gow but for the next two decades and be­yond.”

There are sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings to be made

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