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Community projects across North of England set to benefit from £100,000 fund for second year

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Northern Gas Networks, Northern Powergrid and Leeds Community Foundation announce Community Partnering Fund winners

Energy network operators, Northern Gas Networks (NGN) and Northern Powergrid have announced, in partnership with Leeds Community Foundation, the community projects that will benefit from new funding from their annual joint Community Partnering Fund.

A total of £50,000 is being awarded to grassroots projects and third-sector organisations that deliver pioneering and sustainable programmes throughout the North of England. The grant sits as part of a larger fund worth over £100,000 which is distributed at two intervals throughout the year.

This year’s fund pot was the biggest yet, with six successful projects awarded between £1,000 and £10,000 each, enabling the groups to broaden their support for the local communities in which they work.

From Burmantofts Senior Action CIO in Leeds, which aims to address fuel poverty and improve gas safety in the home, alleviating hardship for older people living in their own homes, to Keighley Association for Women and Children Centre, a project that works with BAME young women at risk of underachieving, to broaden their horizons and aspire to achieve careers which use Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) – the fund supports a variety of important causes.

The full list of winning projects:

  • Burmantofts Senior Action CIO, Leeds
  • Dial Leeds Ltd, Leeds
  • Digital Voice for Communities, Newcastle
  • Groundwork South and North Tyneside, Hebburn
  • Keighley Association for Women and Children Centre, Keighley
  • The Thornbury Centre, Bradford

The successful beneficiaries were all invited to a welcome event, giving them the opportunity to meet with fellow winners and learn more about the work each are doing within the community.

Tom Bell, Head of Social Strategy at Northern Gas Networks, the North of England’s gas distributor, said: “As an active contributor in the community, we’re incredibly proud to be involved with the Community Partnering Fund. The fund originated in 2016 as the Community Promises Fund and by joining forcing with Northern Powergrid was doubled in 2018, enabling more groups to benefit.  Over the last few years, we’ve supported numerous incredible projects across the communities in which we operate, each delivered by an inspirational team to support local residents.”

Michelle Cummings, Social Responsibility Manager at Northern Powergrid, which manages that electricity network that powers everyday life across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, said: “Through this partnership, more valuable grassroots projects are getting the funding they need to grow and support the communities we jointly serve. From educational causes to those that serve to protect, we’ve seen some inspiring entries.  We congratulate the winners on their success and looking forward to seeing the benefits of their projects become reality.  We also hope it will inspire more local groups to apply for funding in the future.”

Kate Hainsworth, Chief Executive at Leeds Community Foundation, concluded: “It is fantastic to see businesses have a hands-on approach with their local communities and utilise their expertise to make a positive difference. We are delighted to be working with Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid to distribute much needed funding to community projects across the North of England who are delivering effective programmes to alleviate fuel poverty and promote interest in STEM subjects. We are excited to follow the progress and see the outcomes of these six projects.”

The second phase of the programme is now open for applications, where the additional £50,000 will be awarded to worthwhile projects. For more information, please visit: https://leedscf.org.uk/community-partnering-fund-r4.

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Upgrade to gas distribution network at Meltham Road, Lockwood

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The north of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £100K to upgrade to the gas distribution network in the Meltham Road area of Lockwood.

The works are set to begin on Monday, 2nd March and will take approximately six weeks to complete, having been planned in close conjunction with Kirklees Council.

The project is part of NGN’s ongoing development of infrastructure in the area and involves replacing 300m of existing metal gas mains with more durable plastic pipes, to ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to customers for years to come.

To protect members of the public and NGN engineers, some traffic management will be necessary during the scheme.

The existing four-way traffic lights at the junction of Meltham Road, Swan Lane, Bridge Street and Lockwood Road will be replaced with temporary traffic lights.  These will be manned at peak times to ensure a smooth flow of traffic.

Works will continue from the junction working up Meltham Road towards the viaduct bridge. The four-way lights will become two-way traffic lights once teams have reached a safe distance from the junction.

Road closures will also be introduced at the junction of Meltham Road with Neil Road, Bentley Street and Hanson Lane for the full duration of the project. A full signed diversion will be in place for the affected roads.

NGN Customer Care officers will be on site to assist local residents and businesses affected by the works throughout the project.

Chris Nevison, NGN Business Operations Lead for Pennines, said: “We would like to thank all our customers for their patience whilst we complete these essential works. We apologise for any inconvenience customers may experience during this time’’.

For further information about the project please contact NGN’s Customer Care Team on 0800 040 7766 or email: customercare@northerngas.co.uk.

Anyone that smells gas or suspects carbon monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

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Update: 5pm, 19 February: Loss of gas supply in Marsden, Huddersfield

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Engineers have been working through the day today to remove water from the gas pipework at a number of properties in Marsden, Huddersfield. People living on Reddisher Road, Ainsley Lane, Waters Road and Puril Clough lost gas supply yesterday after water entered the pipes, following the recent bad weather conditions.

More than half of the homes affected have now been re-connected to the gas supply, and an engineer is on site throughout this evening to restore supply to the remaining houses as soon as possible. If you were out today, you will have received a card through your door asking you to call our Customer Care Team to arrange for your re-connection. The number is 0800 040 7766.

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Update: 10am, 19 February: Loss of gas supply in Marsden, Huddersfield

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Engineers from Northern Gas Networks (NGN) are currently working in the Marsden area of Huddersfield to remove water from the gas pipework. This has been caused by the recent poor weather.

At present, 46 properties on Reddisher Road, Ainsley Lane, Waters Road and Puril Clough are affected.  The gas supply to the majority of the affected properties has been turned off while we pump water from the pipework. We now need access to the remaining properties to turn off the gas supply at the meter before we can start work to restore supplies.

If you were not at home when we called, we have left a card with our contact details so that you can arrange for an engineer to come straight out. All our of our engineers wear ID so that you can identify who they are.  Please ask to see their badge before they enter your property.

If you are affected and have any questions or need any additional support while you are without gas, please call our Customer Care Team on 0800 040 7766. We apologise for this inconvenience and further updates will follow. Thank you for your patience.

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Northern Gas Networks CEO welcomes government’s £30 million hydrogen investment

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Mark Horsley, CEO for Northern Gas Networks, the gas distributor for the North, has given his backing to the government’s £30 million investment in hydrogen demonstration projects contributing towards reaching Net Zero targets.

Horsley’s support follows Tuesday’s announcement from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) that it is to provide £30 million for two of the UK’s first hydrogen production plants as part of a larger £90 million pot to cut carbon emissions in industry and homes.

Hydrogen, when burned, creates heat without producing carbon dioxide, making it a realistic solution for decarbonisation of heat.

Heating for domestic properties and industry currently accounts for around half of the UK’s energy consumption, and one third of its carbon emissions. Around 83% of UK homes use gas to for heat and hot water.

“This funding represents a huge step forwards in terms of the government recognising the gas networks’ role in meeting Net Zero targets, and demonstrating its support for hydrogen as a decarbonisation pathway,” said Horsley.

“The Committee on Climate Change made clear that hydrogen will be essential to meeting our commitment in the timescales available, and we know this will require strong collaboration between industry, the energy supply chain and government, in order to deliver greener energy to customers.

“Tuesday’s announcement demonstrates the determination the government has for driving this whole process forwards.”

Northern Gas Networks is leading the H21 project, a collaborative gas industry programme focused on conversion of the UK gas network to safely carry 100 % hydrogen.

It is also partnering Cadent and the Health & Safety Executive (Science Division) on HyDeploy, a ground-breaking energy pilot demonstrating that 20% vol. hydrogen can be safely blended into the existing network in order to reduce emissions, without changing customer appliances.

A live demonstration is currently underway at Keele University, with blended hydrogen supplying energy for heating and cooking to 100 homes and 30 campus buildings.

Fast facts

  • Heating homes and industry accounts for nearly half of all energy use in the UK and one third of the country’s carbon emissions.
  • Hydrogen was a major component in ‘town gas’, gas created from coal and used widely throughout Britain before the discovery of North Sea gas in the 1960s. Up to 60% of the gas (by volume) being used by consumers was hydrogen.

For more visit www.h21.green and www.hydeploy.co.uk

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Update: 11am, 12 February: Loss of gas pressure in Bardsey

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Engineers from Northern Gas Networks (NGN) have been working through the night to restore gas supplies to around 55 properties in the Bardsey area of Leeds after water made its way into the mains yesterday (11 February).

As of 9am this morning, all affected properties were back on gas, where engineers have been able to gain access.

Engineers continue to be onsite today to restore supply to the remaining affected properties. If you were not in when we called round, we have left a card with our contact details so that you can arrange for an engineer to come straight out.

If you need additional support while you are without gas please call our Customer Care team on 0800 040 7766, option 3 or email customercare@northerngas.co.uk.  Alternatively you can speak to an engineer on site.

Anyone who experiences a loss of supply or low gas pressure should call 0800 111 999.

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Update: 10.30am, 12 February: Low gas pressure in Mirfield

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Engineers from the North of England’s gas distributor, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), have been working around the clock to restore gas supplies to around 130 properties in Mirfield after water made its way into the gas mains on Monday (February 10).

Engineers have been working through the night to turn properties safely back on gas at their meter and gas supplies have been restored to 126 properties where we have been able to gain access.

If you were not at home when we called, we have left a card with our contact details so that you can arrange for an engineer to come straight out.

The community drop-in centre at The Flowerpot pub on Calder Road is now closed.  If you need additional support or have any questions, please call our Customer Care team on 0800 040 7766, option 3 or email customercare@northerngas.co.uk.

Anyone who is experiencing low gas pressure should call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999.

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Update: 8.25pm, 11 February: Loss of gas pressure in Bardsey

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Northern Gas Networks (NGN) engineers are this evening restoring gas supplies to properties in the Bardsey area of Leeds.

They’ve been working to remove water from the pipes following reports of low gas pressure earlier today in around 55 properties.

In order to safely return gas pressures to normal, our engineers turned off all affected properties off at the meter.

At 4pm this afternoon teams began visiting affected properties to restore the gas supplies with more than 40 properties back on.

Engineers are onsite this evening visiting the remaining affected properties. If you’re not at home when we call, we’ll leave a card with our contact details so that you can arrange for an engineer to come straight out.

If you need additional support while you are without gas please call our Customer Care team on 0800 040 7766, option 3 or email customercare@northerngas.co.uk.  Alternatively you can speak to an engineer on site.

Anyone who experiences a loss of supply or low gas pressure should call 0800 111 999.

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Update: 8pm, 11 February: Low gas pressure in Mirfield

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Engineers from the North of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), have been working around the clock to restore gas supplies to around 130 properties in Mirfield after water made its way into the gas mains on February 10.

With support from the local fire service, engineers have today been able to use specialist equipment to remove the water from the pipes.

Engineers are now going door to door to turn everyone safely back on gas at their meter. Supply to 63 properties has currently been restored with work ongoing this evening.

If you’re not at home when we call, we’ll leave a card with our contact details so that you can arrange for an engineer to come straight out.

If you need additional support while you are without gas please call our Customer Care team on 0800 040 7766, option 3 or email customercare@northerngas.co.uk.  Alternatively you can visit NGN’s customer drop-in centre at the Flowerpot pub on Calder Road, where affected customers can talk to the NGN Customer Care team and collect hot plates and heaters.

Anyone who is experiencing low gas pressure should call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999.

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Update 4.30pm 11th February: Low gas pressure in Bardsey

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Engineers from the North of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), have been working around the clock to restore gas supplies to around 55 properties Woodacre Green, Keswick Lane and Woodacre Lane in Bardsey, Leeds, after water made its way into the gas mains this morning (11 February).

Engineers have used specialist equipment to pump around 300 litres of water from the pipes and have now safely restored the gas supply to the network.

Engineers are now going door to door to turn everyone safely back on gas at their meter.  If you’re not at home when we call, we’ll leave a card with our contact details so that you can arrange for an engineer to come straight out.

If you need additional support while you are without gas please call our Customer Care team on 0800 040 7766, option 3 or email customercare@northerngas.co.uk.  Alternatively you can speak to an engineer on site.

Anyone who experiences a loss of supply or low gas pressure should call 0800 111 999.

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