Energy saving scheme

Residents at the launch of the energy saving scheme
Residents at the launch of the energy saving scheme

COUNCIL workers joined forces with an affordable housing provider to help residents in Newton-le-Willows stay out of the red and go green – thanks to new energy saving measures.

Residents in more than 100 Affinity Sutton homes on the Stephenson Road estate saw the external insulation of their homes improved and their heating systems upgraded as part of a three-year, £1.2m investment.

As a result, their annual fuel bills are expected to drop by around £225.

Councillor Andy Bowden, St Helens Council’s cabinet member for urban regeneration and housing, said: “This improvement scheme has had significant social and community benefits, including reducing fuel poverty, improving the appearance, comfort and practicality of homes.

“I am delighted that the works have had real benefits for the residents.”

Jeremy Kape, director of property investment for Affinity Sutton, said: “As one of the largest affordable housing providers in England we are committed to investing in our homes. One of our biggest challenges is working with residents to improve energy efficiency and address our shared responsibility to the environment and the growing burden of fuel poverty.

“We are delighted with the results at Stephenson Road.”

Pictured: Coun Andy Bowden (second right) with happy Newton residents.