Plans to insulate 3,000 homes in Darwen and Blackburn

Plans to insulate 3,000 homes in Darwen and Blackburn

Plans to insulate 3,000 homes in Darwen and Blackburn

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

PLANS to insulate almost 3,000 terraced homes and cut energy bills in Blackburn and Darwen have been revealed.

A major programme to tackle 2,500 ‘hard-to-treat’ properties in Sudell ward will be paid for by cash from energy companies.

A second scheme, aimed at householders on benefit, will treat 450 houses in Little Harwood.

The council originally hoped to complete the work by December next year but has put the roll-out on hold while changes in the Energy Company Obligation scheme are agreed between gas and electricity suppliers and the government.

The talks follow ministers’ recent announcement that there will be a £50 reduction on average on fuel bills. The whole project will cost more than £90,000, at an average £300 per property.

The Sudell scheme is aimed at all residents with homes which cannot be treated with standard cavity wall insulation measures because these materials are unsuitable due to the age of the property, construction type or due to the risk of leaks. Loft insulation is included. Householders on qualifying benefits will be entitled to replacement boilers as well.

Sudell ward contains the highest concentration of ‘hard-to-treat’ homes in the borough.

Liberal Democrat councillor Roy Davies, who represents the ward, said: “This scheme is welcome. We have had a pilot scheme of about 200 homes in the ward treated so far.

“We have some of the highest levels of deprivation in the borough and some of the highest energy bills because of the poor state of the housing.”

The Little Harwood scheme targets ‘hard-to-treat’ cavity walls, lofts and poor quality double-glazing. It will be restricted to qualifying benefit claimants.

Mohammed Khan, borough executive member for health and adult social care, said: “As a council we continue to do all we can to help those who are in fuel poverty and to improve the energy efficiency of the borough.

“These issues can affect the health and wellbeing of our residents, particularly children, and the elderly.”

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8:39pm Thu 16 Jan 14

You're not mugging me off that easily says...

Will the recipients of this be contributing anything to their insulation installation? or will they carry on buying fags and booze and watching sky TV?
Will the recipients of this be contributing anything to their insulation installation? or will they carry on buying fags and booze and watching sky TV? You're not mugging me off that easily
  • Score: 9

9:07pm Thu 16 Jan 14

bernss says...

what about homeowners who cannot afford home improvements who are not getting benefits that work for a living and are in the infirmary area.
what about homeowners who cannot afford home improvements who are not getting benefits that work for a living and are in the infirmary area. bernss
  • Score: 21

8:36am Fri 17 Jan 14

ladysal says...

bernss wrote:
what about homeowners who cannot afford home improvements who are not getting benefits that work for a living and are in the infirmary area.
And those in the same position in the Redlam area?
[quote][p][bold]bernss[/bold] wrote: what about homeowners who cannot afford home improvements who are not getting benefits that work for a living and are in the infirmary area.[/p][/quote]And those in the same position in the Redlam area? ladysal
  • Score: 9

8:46pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Kat123 says...

ladysal wrote:
bernss wrote:
what about homeowners who cannot afford home improvements who are not getting benefits that work for a living and are in the infirmary area.
And those in the same position in the Redlam area?
I agree, also for Mill Hill/Ewood area too please. So sick of working people like myself and hubby working our fingers to the bone and cannot afford to even do the basic repairs on our house. Why do the all the lazy dossers get money thrown at them all the time, it is an absolute joke!
[quote][p][bold]ladysal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bernss[/bold] wrote: what about homeowners who cannot afford home improvements who are not getting benefits that work for a living and are in the infirmary area.[/p][/quote]And those in the same position in the Redlam area?[/p][/quote]I agree, also for Mill Hill/Ewood area too please. So sick of working people like myself and hubby working our fingers to the bone and cannot afford to even do the basic repairs on our house. Why do the all the lazy dossers get money thrown at them all the time, it is an absolute joke! Kat123
  • Score: 6

9:53pm Fri 17 Jan 14

CapitaBackHander says...

Seriously? It was only last year and the year before that you could get a mansion insulated for less than £20. The huge decent rolls were a £1 a piece and delivered by buildcentre through at least N Power and you didn't need to be a customer.
Personally I wouldn't insulate cavity's walls because I don't understand why you would want to intentionally bridge the gap to i.e.transfer the damp.
Seriously? It was only last year and the year before that you could get a mansion insulated for less than £20. The huge decent rolls were a £1 a piece and delivered by buildcentre through at least N Power and you didn't need to be a customer. Personally I wouldn't insulate cavity's walls because I don't understand why you would want to intentionally bridge the gap to i.e.transfer the damp. CapitaBackHander
  • Score: 0

9:12pm Mon 20 Jan 14

happycyclist says...

CapitaBackHander wrote:
Seriously? It was only last year and the year before that you could get a mansion insulated for less than £20. The huge decent rolls were a £1 a piece and delivered by buildcentre through at least N Power and you didn't need to be a customer.
Personally I wouldn't insulate cavity's walls because I don't understand why you would want to intentionally bridge the gap to i.e.transfer the damp.
I agree. Cavity walls are there for a reason -and it's not to fill them in.
[quote][p][bold]CapitaBackHander[/bold] wrote: Seriously? It was only last year and the year before that you could get a mansion insulated for less than £20. The huge decent rolls were a £1 a piece and delivered by buildcentre through at least N Power and you didn't need to be a customer. Personally I wouldn't insulate cavity's walls because I don't understand why you would want to intentionally bridge the gap to i.e.transfer the damp.[/p][/quote]I agree. Cavity walls are there for a reason -and it's not to fill them in. happycyclist
  • Score: 0

8:58am Thu 23 Jan 14

Jamaje says...

Oh great that's it make them nice and warm as well as pay for everything else. No wonder this country is on its knees, no wonder people are giving up work because its so easy not to work these days, so whats the point in slaving away when the government will pay for your to sit on your lazy ****
This comment is excluding those who are genuinely needing benefits because they have paid in to the system all their lives and are now maybe to ill or old to work anymore because they almost worked themselves to death all theirs life. What about low income families ??? come on get it right!
Oh great that's it make them nice and warm as well as pay for everything else. No wonder this country is on its knees, no wonder people are giving up work because its so easy not to work these days, so whats the point in slaving away when the government will pay for your to sit on your lazy **** This comment is excluding those who are genuinely needing benefits because they have paid in to the system all their lives and are now maybe to ill or old to work anymore because they almost worked themselves to death all theirs life. What about low income families ??? come on get it right! Jamaje
  • Score: 2

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