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 email@example.com.