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FREE central heating scheme making a difference in Hambleton
Residents throughout Hambleton have been benefitting from a council scheme that helps eligible householders receive a free central heating system to reduce their fuel bills and improve the warmth of their home.
Hambleton District Council is working alongside North Yorkshire County Council and have installed systems in 14 households in the area so far.
Homeowners and private renting tenants currently using inefficient storage heaters, room heaters or fires could get an A-rated gas-powered central heating system installed in their home at no cost.
To qualify for the funding, each resident must either be in receipt of certain state benefits or have a household income below £21,000 and live in a property that is hard to heat.
Householders with certain health conditions that make them vulnerable to the effects of living in a cold home could also receive support.
Peter Benson, a 62-year-old Thirsk resident (pictured), benefitted from the scheme by receiving a brand new central heating system, having previously only relied on an open fire in the living room.
Peter explained: ““I was so happy when I found out it was fully funded because I’d never had central heating in my life, I was made up.
“I’m a self-employed fencer and get work when I can, I’m only a low earner.
“I used to sit in front of my fire to get warm after work but the house would still be freezing. It’s an old house and it got very cold.”
“Now I can come home, switch the heating on and make my tea. I keep the controls with me as well, I love it.”
Funding for the North Yorkshire scheme is secured from the Warm Homes Fund – an innovative funding stream established by National Grid and administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions to help make households in Great Britain warmer, healthier and cheaper to heat.
Hambleton District Council is also providing match funding to support installations in the area, and there are separate grants available to help connect homes to the mains gas network.
Cllr Mark Robson, Leader of Hambleton District Council, said: “With the scheme having great success in helping households across Hambleton so far, we are thrilled to be able to continue to offer the scheme”
“A-rated central heating helps makes fuel bills more affordable for residents by saving energy and reducing carbon emissions.”
Award winning community interest company YES Energy Solutions is managing the scheme on behalf of the council, and installs are completed by their industry accredited contractors.
Residents who are interested in the opportunity are advised to call YES Energy Solutions on 01422 880100.
North Yorkshire Warm Homes Fund Scheme
The North Yorkshire Warm Homes Fund Scheme is a central heating programme delivered by North Yorkshire County Council; Ryedale District Council; Scarborough Borough Council; and Hambleton District Council.
The scheme is managed by YES Energy Solutions who will undertake all installations via its accredited network of installers.
The funding for this scheme has been secured via the Warm Homes Fund – a funding stream established by National Grid and administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions CIC.
The scheme has been granted an extension to fit over 100 first time gas central heating systems in the area. There is also separate funding available to cover the cost of a gas connection where applicable (subject to survey and eligibility).
For more information on the Warm Homes Fund visit: https://www.affordablewarmthsolutions.org.uk/warm-homes-fund/overview
Energy Saving Trust
Findings from the Energy Saving Trust about the cost of gas as the cheapest domestic fuel can be found here: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-energy-efficiency/boiler-replacement
YES Energy Solutions
YES Energy Solutions is the trading name of Yorkshire Energy Services CIC – a national Community Interest Company operating in the energy efficiency sector. With no shareholders to satisfy, the company invests profits into actions that achieve its social mission – to reduce CO2 and alleviate fuel poverty in the UK.
The company was originally established in 2000 by Kirklees Council to manage multiple affordable warmth programmes. YES Energy Solutions is now an independent organisation working nationally with a broad range of Councils, Housing Associations, Energy Companies and Installers to deliver targeted energy saving schemes that cut customer fuel bills, improve health and wellbeing and regenerate whole communities. They have managed some of the largest Council-backed fuel poverty alleviation schemes in the country.
In the last financial year YES Energy Solutions transformed the energy efficiency of over 5,000 homes, cutting carbon emissions by 80,000 tonnes and customer fuel bills by £58,500,000 over the lifetime of the improvements installed.
For more information visit: www.yesenergysolutions.co.uk
For more information about the North Yorkshire Warm Homes Fund Scheme please contact Adam Lewis, YES Energy Solutions’ Marketing Administrator:
T: 01422 880120
LEISURE CENTRE TO GET A £3.8 MILLION FACELIFT (with artist impression)
A £3.8million scheme to upgrade and extend Thirsk’s leisure centre has been given the green light.
It includes creating a 24 hour gym and enlarged studios for exercise classes and cycling stations – as well as replacing outdated plant equipment that has forced the centre’s pools to close several times this year.
Members of Hambleton District Council’s Cabinet are recommending to Full Council that cash is released for the scheme which will bring the 30 year old centre bang up to date.
Built in 1991 the Thirsk and Sowerby Leisure Centre also needs a new roof to address much needed repairs and condensation issues experienced within the building. Old plant machinery also needs replacing – with greener, more environmentally sustainable equipment.
“Gyms, indoor spaces and swimming pools play an essential part in helping people to achieve a healthy lifestyle and a recent report showed tha
t Hambleton district needed to extend its leisure provision,” said Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Bridget Fortune.
“We have already begun to address that need through the changes and expansion made at Northallerton Leisure Centre and these plans at Thirsk will go a long way to improving provision in the south of our district.
“Hambleton District Council has long been committed to providing high quality leisure venues and our strategy is to continue to invest in these facilities
. Bringing Thirsk up to date is an important part of that plan. We’ve already made improvements to Stokesley Leisure Centre, with more on the way and we have aspirations for Bedale too.” The final touches are also being made to a sports hall and 3g pitch at Easingwold school that received £650,000 support from the council.
In addition to the planned changes with the plant and roof at Thirsk, the project will include a 60 station 24/7 gym, 30 person studio and a 25 person cycling studio. It is expected that the work will take around 26 weeks to complete and will be undertaken through a partnership with Alliance Leisure Services, which undertook the project work at Northallerton.
Alison Oldfield (communications officer) on 01609 767243
July 28, 2020
Warehills Lane Newton Road Junction
Representatives of the Parish Council have met with a North Yorkshire County Council Traffic Engineer to discuss the safety of the Warehills Lane/Newton Road Junction.
It as agreed that the junction had several problems and would benefit from a redesign however NYCC have limited funds for this type of work and have many more pressing junctions that require change.
It is important that we continue to monitor accidents and incidents at the junction and report when these happen.
Cherry trees at end of Main Street.
The Parish Council has had these Cherry Trees trimmed by a tree surgeon recently as branches interfere with the telephone lines. We have been informed that several of the trees are dead or diseased and require removal. There are large branches overhanging the path and the road that are a danger.
We therefore plan to apply for permission to have the trees removed once the bird nesting season is completed. Once removed the Parish Council plans to replant the area with new trees.
Please contact the Parish Council if you have ideas for the area or wish to discuss these plans.