Dozens OF homes in Leeds are getting a gas main connection for the first time as part of a bid to tackle fuel poverty problems.
Work is under way on the installation of new gas pipes at Waverley Garth, Malvern Rise, Malvern Road and Malvern Grove in Beeston. It is hoped the scheme will have 70 households hooked up to the gas supply by Christmas.
The £148,000 project is being run by Northern Gas Networks (NGN) and Leeds-based Community Energy Solutions (CES), a not-for-profit company that aims to make homes more energy efficient.
John Peacock, head of connections at NGN, said: “Funding projects like this forms part of Northern Gas Networks’ wider commitment to bringing affordable warmth to communities and individuals in our network area that are affected by, or at risk of, fuel poverty.
“Extending the gas mains network allows households to access heating systems with lower running costs, greater user control and lower associated carbon emissions, which will benefit both customers and the environment.” The improvements are being carried out with the support of Leeds City Council. Coun Peter Gruen, the council’s executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services, said today: “We are delighted that NGN and CES are working with us to bring the vital gas supplies to the affected properties, which will be the first stage of a major refurbishment programme and will ultimately help residents achieve affordable warmth.”
News of the scheme comes after the Age UK Leeds charity warned that four older people a day will die in the city through cold-related problems this winter.
Households are classed as being in fuel poverty when they spend more than 10 per cent of their income on energy.