RESIDENTS living in 273 council properties in Chadwell St Mary are set to benefit from £3.2million in government funding to make their homes warmer and cut fuel bills. A delighted Cllr Adam Carter, Chadwell St Mary’s first Conservative Councillor, said: “During my election campaign in 2021 my message to residents was clear.
Only a Conservative Thurrock Council is capable of delivering the investment that Chadwell St Mary deserves. This is a huge investment in Chadwell St Mary which will greatly improve the welfare and finances of all the residents benefiting from the heating system upgrade. I’m absolutely thrilled and very grateful to my Conservative colleagues and officers at Thurrock Council who have made this happen” On Monday 7 February, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy announced Thurrock Council will receive £3.2 million thanks to its successful bid for the first wave of funding under the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund.
The cash boost will ensure households living in borough council properties with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D or lower receive improvements to enhance their home’s energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. Cllr Luke Spillman, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This is great news for the many residents and families living in our council homes and I would like to thank the government for awarding us this funding. It will enable us to continue to support our lower-income and more vulnerable households, by making improvements that will help tackle fuel poverty by driving down their fuel bills and keeping their homes warmer and greener. “
This funding has been specifically granted to deliver the new ground source heat pump project to the three high-rise tower blocks in Chadwell St Mary. It will connect all 273 individual flats to a shared ground loop heat pump system and replace the old inefficient storage radiators and hot water systems within these three high-rise residential tower blocks. “This project is the first of its kind for the Council and is a major step taken by our Housing Department to begin decarbonising its housing portfolio. “We look forward to successfully delivering this project with the residents living within the three tower blocks. We continue to invest in our council properties to ensure all our residents have access to a good quality home.”