Residents in a part of Hucknall have moved another step closer to getting more efficient heating systems for their properties.
A bid has been put forward for homes owned by Ashfield Homes in the George Street area to benefit from a scheme enabling gas central heating to be provided.
This would replace the present electric storage heating systems, which have been repeatedly criticised over the years as inadequate and expensive to run.
A meeting of the area’s Tenants and Residents Association was told that grant funding was being sought to provide free gas connections with the National Grid.
If the bid is successful, Ashfield District Council has pledged that funding will be available for central heating boilers.
Paul Bingham, of Ashfield Homes, reported that as a result of work in the George Street area, he was confident that the estate’s 147 properties would be eligible for the scheme.
But he stressed that it was vital that people living there filled in a questionnaire to provide additional evidence, and this needed to be done as soon as possible.
If the bid gets the green light, it is intended that the new gas central heating will be fitted in the next financial year from April 2015 to March 2016.
Coun John Wilmott, a Hucknall member of the district council, said he and fellow member Coun Ian Morrison were ‘over the moon’ about the progress made, although the feasibility and viability of the scheme needed to be looked into.
He added: “A contract would be entered into with the National Grid.”
And Coun Morrison told the Dispatch: “We have been in meaningful talks with Ashfield Homes into bringing a gas main into the George street area for a couple of years.
“We have listened to the tenants and the residents in the area and I am sure that, alongside other energy initiatives, it will be glad news to their ears.
“Thanks to Paul Bingham’s team at Ashfield Homes, we are now several steps closer to bringing this to scheme fruition.
“Hopefully, tenants and residents will now have in the not-too-distant future the flexibility of modern efficient boilers which should keep people in work, heat homes and save money on energy bills .
“It’s a no brainer.”
Welcoming the news, association secetary Cath Garratt said: “We have been waiting for a long time to get better heating.
“It has turned bitterly cold very quickly during the past week but the present system means that only one radiator in my home is working.”