Ni­cola hears of E.ON saga

First min­is­ter meets res­i­dents over ‘botched en­ergy scheme’fears

Rutherglen Reformer - - Out And About - Edel Ke­nealy

Res­i­dents of a trou­bled Toryglen hous­ing es­tate were joined by First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon as they pointed out their concerns over what they call a botched en­ergy scheme.

E.ON En­ergy Ser­vices were em­ployed by This­tle Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion to carry out im­prove­ments to 608 homes in a bid to make them more en­ergy ef­fi­cient.

Roofs and win­dows were re­placed on many build­ings as was the ren­der and in­su­la­tion.

But the 12-week project has been be­lea­guered with prob­lems and is now more than a year past its original com­ple­tion dead­line.

Ms Stur­geon, the con­stituency MSP for the area, in­ter­vened in the saga in March de­mand­ing that a re­al­is­tic pro­gramme of works be de­vel­oped by E.ON set­ting out how and when work would be com­pleted.

Houses where work had been started months ago but not been fin­ished were due to be com­pleted by May and the over­all project done by the end July.

But res­i­dents say the com­pleted work is not up to stan­dard.

Ian Pater­son, who has lead a campaign to de­mand ac­tion and an­swers as to how this scheme has failed so badly, said there was a se­ri­ous prob­lem with new roofs and gut­ters.

He said: “The rain wa­ter is com­ing down and the new roof, the tiles come down and stick out over and past the gut­ter so the rain wa­ter is lash­ing down on to the ren­der. It is then seep­ing into the in­su­la­tion and damp is form­ing in people’s homes.

“God knows what will hap­pen now, it might all have to come off and be done again.

“The res­i­dents are so de­mor­alised and up­set with the whole thing.”

Ms Stur­geon, who com­pleted a walk around with res­i­dents and E.ON of­fi­cials on Fri­day, said: “It was use­ful and con­struc­tive and my con­stituents have been given as­sur­ances re­gard­ing the mat­ters which were caus­ing them con­cern.

“I’m de­ter­mined to see these prob­lems re­solved and will be happy to seek the same kind of as­sur­ances for any Toryglen con­stituents who have raised concerns about the build­ing works if they con­tact my of­fice.”

A spokesman for E.ON said all of the original phases of work have now been com­pleted, but have to be signed off by This­tle Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion be­fore the re­me­dial works get un­der­way.

He said no dead­line had been set for these re­pairs, but added: “We re­main grate­ful for the pa­tience of res­i­dents dur­ing this project which will pro­vide long-term ben­e­fits for the area in­clud­ing the re­duc­tion of fuel poverty and car­bon emis­sions.

“E.ON re­mains to­tally com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing all works are com­pleted and we will con­tinue to work with This­tle Hous­ing to this end.”

A spokes­woman for This­tle Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion said: “We wel­come our lo­cal MSP Ni­cola Stur­geon’s visit to Toryglen to speak with E.ON and a small num­ber of our res­i­dents about the works pro­gramme. We have been in on­go­ing li­ai­son with Ms Stur­geons’ of­fice to keep her up to date on ac­tiv­ity as it pro­gresses.

“Whilst there is still work to be done ahead of project com­ple­tion, ac­tiv­ity is pro­gress­ing and This­tle con­tin­ues to work tire­lessly to en­sure the end prod­uct will meet the high stan­dards ex­pected by the hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion, res­i­dents and all fund­ing part­ners.”


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