Sunday, January 29, 2023

Thurrock Council awarded £450,000 to install gas central heating in private homes

Council awarded £450,000 to install gas central heating in private homes

PEOPLE in Thurrock could benefit from warmer, healthier and cheaper to heat homes after Thurrock Council was awarded more than £450,000.

The council has been granted £451,350 from the Warm Homes Fund, which was set up by National Grid and Affordable Warmth Solutions in 2017 to support the installation of affordable heating in fuel poor households which do not use mains gas as their primary heating fuel.

The council will initially contact the eligible occupiers of private homes in Thurrock which have been identified as not having central heating and having poor energy efficiency ratings to see if they are interested in having gas central heating and hot water systems installed.

Both owner occupied and rented properties in the borough will be eligible, and new gas connections will be arranged if required.

Cllr Barry Johnson, Thurrock Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We believe everyone should have a good quality and safe place to live.

“Being able to heat your home as cheaply as possible is an important part of that and we hope this new programme will help reduce fuel poverty and have a positive impact on people’s health.

“I would encourage anyone who is interested to get in touch to find out more.”

Further information about the scheme will be released at a later date. In the meantime, anyone interested should email


  1. What about the high-rise council properties that have inefficient night storage heaters that cost a fortune to run so you either have to freeze to death in winter or heat the flat and starve? What is the council going to do to for those properties? Where’s the

  2. Where’s the affordable and energy efficient heating systems for those properties? High-rise buildings are banned from having gas heating since the disasters in some high-rise blocks in London back in the 1990s (if I remember correctly).

  3. They should think themselves lucky they have somewhere to live let alone anything else.

  4. I don’t get that TGDH.

    If we get boilers efficient in private homes It helps with Bills and pollution.

    They pay for it through there bills
    (National Grid) Dstribution.

    They should roll it out to the council homes and new homes as well. Then less paid, and saving everyone a fortune.

    Unless your comment was about the homelessness problem. then I agree.
    We really need to tackle that as well.

  5. Catching the Bus – I can see the problem you point out in TGDH’s comment. It is ambiguous at best but I’m sure that he’s referring to homelessness as you suggest. I’m absolutely sure that he’s not making a snide and degrading attack on people who are less well off than he is. I’m sure he’s not laughing (with a Glyn-t in his eye) at those who are forced by circumstances or necessity to need to live in social housing because they aren’t paid enough to be able to afford their own house or flat.

    As for your point on efficient boilers, I agree that the better and more efficient the heating and boilers are in a property, the better for the owners or tenants with regards to bills and pollution. At a time of climate emergency, we need to be thinking of energy efficiency so that our energy reserves are better husbanded especially as Brexit will have a deleterious effect on energy availability in the UK.


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