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Householders Happy as Toast Thanks to Insulation Scheme

Kirklands resident Sally Smith and her delighted neighbours.
Kirklands resident Sally Smith and her delighted neighbours.
Published Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Householders in a hard-to-heat cul-de-sac in a Ribble Valley backwater are happy as toast thanks to a £500,000 home insulation scheme.

Cutting-edge external wall insulation has been fitted to 30 properties at Kirklands, Chipping, as part of the Green Deal.

Ribble Valley Borough Council, energy efficiency company Firefly and Trade Energy, of Preston, joined forces in the three-month partnership project.

Ribble Valley Borough Council housing officer John Barber said: “The properties at Kirklands are off-grid and hard-to-heat, but as well as looking fantastic they are now extremely energy efficient resulting in significantly lower fuel bills for the householders.

“Even though the funding situation is constantly changing, we are hopeful of brokering similar schemes in the future for the borough’s hard-to-heat and isolated homes.”

Kirklands resident Nicole Cook, who championed the project, said: “We are all delighted with the scheme. Our homes are much warmer, quieter and cheaper to heat.

“The external finish is to a very high standard and the properties look fantastic. I would highly recommend this scheme to anyone considering external wall insulation.”

Neil Harwood, director of Trade Energy, added: “We are delighted to have been instrumental in the organisation and installation of this pioneering project in an area of outstanding natural beauty and look forward to being involved in similar projects in the future.”

Further information about energy efficiency and funding for hard-to-heat homes is available from Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 425111.

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