New heating for hundreds of homes after funding secured

Coun Richard Wearmouth
Coun Richard Wearmouth

Hundreds of homes across the North East will receive new central heating systems, thanks to a scheme headed by Northumberland County Council.

The authority is leading a consortium of six other county and borough councils and two social landlords and has been granted £1.7million from the Warm Homes Fund with another £700,000 expected to be secured, to fit 367 central heating systems across the region.

The money will be used to install the new systems by the end of November 2018 and also provide energy advice to residents and the wider community.

The council is intending to lead a further funding bid for a similar project over three years, aiming to install thousands of new heating systems in homes.

Coun Richard Wearmouth said: “We are pleased our bid for funding was successful. We will begin work straight away with our partners to deliver the new systems.”