MORE than 100 homes in Hartlepool could soon have instant hot water and gas central heating for the first time thanks to a major fuel poverty project.
Regional housing company, Guinness Northern Counties, is joining forces with Northern Gas Networks and Community Energy Solutions (CES) to replace the heating systems in 106 properties in the town’s Dyke House and Stranton areas of the town that were previously without a mains gas supply.
Northern Gas Networks, in partnership with South Tyneside-based community interest company CES, has already extended the gas pipeline to the properties at Lynnfield Road and Lonsdale Court, with the £140,000 cost being fully funded by Northern Gas Networks as part of its on-going programme to tackle fuel poverty.
The successful completion of the network extension work last month means that the 106 newly-connected properties can now be fitted with a full gas central heating system for the first time.
Work to replace the existing electric storage heaters with new gas central heating systems will be carried out by Guinness Northern Counties over the next few weeks, with residents set to benefit from lower fuel bills and reduced carbon emissions.
The Hartlepool extension is the latest in a series of similar Fuel Poor projects successfully undertaken through the partnership between Northern Gas Networks and Community Energy Solutions, which has now reached more than 2,000 homes across the North-East and Yorkshire through the fuel poor gas network extension scheme.
This was the first of two projects to be completed by the partnership on behalf of Guinness Northern Counties, with the second taking place in Leeds.