Homes of villagers connected to gas

From left, Hazel Proudlock, Karen Rumsey, projects coordinator at Community Energy Solutions, Adrian Wilson, senior projects manager at Northern Gas Networks, Coun Mike Chambers and Malcolm Proudlock. (S)
From left, Hazel Proudlock, Karen Rumsey, projects coordinator at Community Energy Solutions, Adrian Wilson, senior projects manager at Northern Gas Networks, Coun Mike Chambers and Malcolm Proudlock. (S)

Residents of Church Close in Sharow, near Ripon, will not be cold next winter after extensive work was carried out to connect their properties to the mains gas network.

As part of its commitment to improving services to tenants, Harrogate Borough Council in partnership with Northern Gas Networks (NGN) and Community Energy Solutions (CES) has installed 380 metres of new gas pipe and connected 22 council-owned homes to the network.

NGN provided £40,000 of funding towards the gas infrastructure works, through their on-going programme to tackle fuel poverty.

The properties have also had new gas condensing combi-boilers and radiators fitted by Harrogate Borough Council, which will provide whole house heating, making homes more comfortable during the cold winter months.

Previously, the properties were heated using electric storage heaters or a solid fuel (coal) system.

Coun Mike Chambers, Harrogate Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This is one of the programmes that Harrogate Borough Council is undertaking to improve the quality of life for residents in our district. The work to connect these homes to the main gas network has been extensive and I would like to thank Community Energy Solutions and Northern Gas Networks for their assistance.

“The homes on Church Close will now be more comfortable during the winter months, fuel costs should be reduced as residents will no longer be reliant on electric or solid fuel heating, and it will have a positive impact on the environment.”

The introduction of gas central heating is expected to have a positive effect on the energy rating, CO2 emissions and running costs for the homes, helping to make them more affordable to heat. Residents will also have the opportunity to use gas as an alternative means of cooking.

Church Close resident Hazel Proudlock said:“The transformation from antiquated night storage heaters to gas central heating with a combi-boiler has been amazing.

“Although not having completed a full winter yet, the saving is already noticeable.”