The consultation event will take place at Belgrave Sports and Social Club, Wilnecote Lane, on Tuesday March 18th. Taking place between 3pm and 8pm, all residents in Belgrave are being invited to come along to hear more about the project. Residents in the area will be written to with more information this week.
The borough council would look to update residents on the results of the consultation in late spring.
The project is being run in partnership with National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions, and more than 270 homes in the area could access gas and have central heating installed. Representatives from National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions, Mears, which provides council housing repairs, and Tamworth Borough Council staff will all be on-hand to give more information at the event.
Work to construct new gas mains could start early this summer and following this, the council will commence work on installing new energy efficient heating systems into council homes. Thanks to National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions and the funding package they have arranged, it would not just be council tenants who would benefit from new gas heating; privately owned homes may also be able to access gas and have central heating installed by the company.
Cllr Michael Greatorex, Cabinet Member for Housing, said, “I would encourage as many people as possible to attend this event to find our more about this project. If the scheme gets the go-ahead, it could make a big difference to people living in Belgrave and provide more efficient and cost effective heating system.
“There will be a wide range of people on hand at the event to answer any questions people may have. I look forward to hearing from people and their thoughts on the gas installation.”
- As part of a national campaign, Affordable Warmth Solutions are undertaking large scale national projects to install mains gas in areas which do not currently have it – and parts of Belgrave have been identified
- In Tamworth, it is estimated 10% of homes (3,159) fall into the definition of fuel poverty – the lowest level of households in fuel poverty in Staffordshire. However gas heating provides a much more affordable option and there are currently around 270 homes across a number of streets in Belgrave which have no gas mains
- If the project went ahead, it would help to decrease the number of households in fuel poverty. The gas supply will be brought to your property and end in an external meter box in readiness for the heating system to be installed