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More than 60 households on one Huddersfield street are being given warmer homes in time for winter, thanks to a new fuel poverty scheme which is now underway.

Work has just begun to extend the gas mains network to 64 properties at Croftlands, Newsome, which were previously without a mains gas supply.

The project, which is being run by Northern Gas Networks and Community Energy Solutions (CES) in partnership with Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, will see 700m of new gas pipe being laid, with the work expected to be completed by the end of November.

The estimated cost of the scheme, £145,000, will be fully-funded by Northern Gas Networks as part of its on-going programme to tackle fuel poverty across the regions in which it operates.

John Peacock, Head of Connections at Northern Gas Networks, said: “Funding projects like the Croftlands mains extension forms part of Northern Gas Networks’ wider commitment to bringing affordable warmth to communities and individuals in our network area that are affected by, or at risk of, fuel poverty.

“Extending the gas mains network allows those households to access heating systems with lower running costs, greater user control and lower associated carbon emissions, which will benefit both customers and the environment.”

Once gas infrastructure works have been completed at Croftlands, Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing plans to replace the properties’ existing electric storage heaters with new gas central heating systems.

This is expected to cut carbon emissions by an average 1.4 tonnes per year, per property, with householders also set to benefit from savings on their energy bills of approximately £180 per annum.

The Croftlands gas network extension is the latest in a series of similar fuel poor projects successfully undertaken through the partnership between Northern Gas Networks and Leeds-based Community Energy Solutions, which has already helped connect more than 3,500 homes across Yorkshire and the North East.

Chris Sowerbutts, Project Manager for CES, said: “The partnership between CES and Northern Gas Networks has already proven extremely successful in areas such as Wakefield and Leeds and we’re delighted to have extended our assistance into Huddersfield for the benefit of the 64 Croftlands households.”

John Whittington, Head of Investment at Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing said, “We are delighted that Northern Gas Networks and CES are working with us to bring affordable warmth to residents in Croftlands and are very pleased to get the scheme underway. We are working closely with Northern Gas Networks to ensure that the project is carried out with the least disruption as possible.”

For more information about Community Energy Solutions or to see how you or your organisation could benefit please visit www.ces-cic.org or call 0113 237 2720.