The Area Council Manager introduced the report and provided the Area Council with an introduction to Strategic Housing’s proposal to target Energy Efficiency Works in Woolley Colliery Village.
The project will install central heating systems in private sector households who do not have a gas supply and are at risk of fuel poverty. Members were aware of many, mainly elderly residents who did not receive a fuel allowance and were unable to keep their homes warm during the winter months. It was highlighted that Darton East ward has the second highest no. of excess winter deaths in the Borough. The project will be delivered by the Better Homes Barnsley energy efficiency programme. The current maximum amount of funding per household is £4,400 but this does not include VAT.
Members were asked to consider contributing additional funding to achieve added value. This will include VAT and the cost of ensuring that minor repairs, flue extensions and additional pipework is completed. A detailed business case is being drawn up and will be presented at a future meeting.
i. The North Area Council note the proposed energy efficiency works in Woolley Colliery Village.
ii. The North Area Council agree in principle to provide additional funding for the project once resident consultation has been completed and the business case has been fully costed up (by March 2018).