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Better Heating In Mansfield From Next Year

12th December 2017
News, Mansfield

Mansfield District Council has approved the decommissioning of communal heating to more council owned properties to make way for the installation of modern, energy efficient and cost effective central heating systems to each home.

The current district heating schemes on Skegby Lane, Newcastle Street, Park Hall Road and at Beech Court will be decommissioned during 2018/19 and 2019/20 once individual gas supplies and central heating systems are installed in each property, which will improve customer choice and comfort.

The council will also carry out the upgrade of the current boilers in Vale Court, Sherwood Court and Melville Court. These properties will continue to have communal heating but from a more reliable and cost effective system as they will be connected to an individual gas supply with a stand-alone boiler, which gives each household control of their heating usage and associated costs.

Since 2011, the council has been replacing its coal and gas fired communal district heating systems with gas fired central heating systems in its tenants’ homes. The National Grid has funded the installation of mains gas pipes to almost 1,500 council properties through their Affordable Warmth Solutions obligation, with the council spending around £3,500 on each home to convert the domestic heating and make good any repairs.  An annual budget is available to allow this work to be undertaken.

Out of a total of 2,200 properties, 1,850 have already been disconnected from communal heating and connected to an individual gas supply.

According to the National Grid, an average three bedroom semi-detached home could save up to £200 a year when switching to individual gas from communal heating. The new highly efficient boilers give tenants the control so they can better manage how they heat their homes.

Councillor Barry Answer, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said:

“The new gas fired central heating will provide our tenants with more control over their own heating and save them money – on average about £200 a year. Earlier this year, two residents who benefitted from the same upgrade have seen savings of about £600 a year. These are significant savings and will make a real difference.

“There are lots of benefits of taking up the new gas option including a reduction in CO2 emissions, a reduced cost to the council for maintenance and operation of the system as well as better control and a more modern, efficient and reliable system for tenants.”

Private home owners who are attached to the district heating scheme and have bought their properties will not be left out. The council will offer to install the new heating to their homes, which they can pay for with a zero percent interest loan. The cost of the heating upgrade is then paid back to the council when the property is sold.

 

The next phase of mains gas pipework will commence in April 2018.


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