Residents in Ironville are to get gas supplies to their homes

Residents in Ironville are looking forward to a more effective means of heating their home after winning funding to join the gas National Grid.

The bid, led by local housing association Futures Homescape, will see electric storage heaters at more than 70 properties replaced with a connection to the gas mains network, together with new, efficient central heating systems.

The work to extend and connect homes to the gas mains network will involve laying more than 300 metres of gas main, and is being funded by National Grid through its community interest company, Affordable Warmth Solutions (AWS).

The central heating systems are being funded and fitted by npower, through the government’s Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP).

Futures Homescape compiled the bid in response to tenants’ requests, visiting residents door-to-door to collect information to illustrate the demand for a connection in the area. It will support the delivery of the £290,000 project by fitting gas meter boxes for its tenants and liaising with residents and contractors over the changes.

AWS aims to support homes in the 20 per cent most deprived areas of the National Grid’s gas distribution network area to help provide a more environmentally-friendly, low-cost way for residents to heat their homes.

The work is the latest project from Futures Homescape to provide energy efficient heating systems to its tenants, having fitted air source heat pumps to 15 bungalows in Riddings last year.

Paul Parkinson, executive director at Futures Homescape, said: “We understand the issues faced by people living in rural areas and are delighted to have been able to lead a successful bid which will improve the quality of life for our tenants and the local community.

“By identifying and securing external sources of funding we have been able to channel investment into the area while putting our skills and expertise to best use. We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the residents involved for their support for this project, which will result in a more efficient heating which is easier for them to manage.”

Jeremy Nesbitt, managing director at National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions, said: “I am pleased that we are able to assist Futures Homescape, this has considerable benefit to occupiers in lowering their fuel bills but also has an impact on the environment in lowering the harmful C02 emissions.”

Helen Booker, product and propositions manager - social housing at npower, said: “npower is delighted to be able to support this scheme thorough our Community Energy Savings Programme (CESP). It will mean many more residents will be warm this winter, with a new affordable, efficient gas central heating system.”