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Minister visits £2m fuel poverty project

This press release was published under the 2011 - 2016 Welsh government

Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant visited Gibbonsdown, in The Vale of Glamorgan, to meet residents who will be benefitting from a recent £2m investment from the Welsh Government’s Warm Homes Arbed scheme.
Tuesday 24 November 2015

The Gibbonsdown project will concentrate on energy efficiency improvements to 238 properties located in the north east of Barry.

The properties are non-traditional modern built houses and will be treated with energy efficiency measures including external wall insulation.

The Welsh Government contributed £2.1m to the Gibbonsdown project, with the Vale of Glamorgan Council contributing £250,000 and additional funding being secured through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

The Welsh Government’s Warm Homes Arbed scheme, which was established in 2009, aims to eradicate fuel poverty and boost economic development and regeneration in Wales. Earlier this year a competitive application process was held with 13 authorities being awarded over £20m in total from the scheme.

Carl Sargeant said

“The rising cost of energy has been a concern for many Welsh households in recent years. We know that the most direct action we can take to reduce peoples’ energy bills is to improve the energy efficiency of their home.

“I am very pleased that Welsh Government Warm Homes Arbed was able to award the Vale of Glamorgan over £2 million for this project, to help residents be more resilient to the costs of heating their homes.  

“The Welsh Government Warm Homes is committed to social and economic development as well as the environmental improvements. This means local jobs for local people and opportunities for local companies. It is good to see the Vale of Glamorgan appointing local companies to works on the scheme.”

Cllr Neil Moore, Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, said:

“Fuel poverty is an issue that will blight many lives this winter. It is a sad fact that many people are unable to pay the cost of heating their homes during the colder months but one that the Vale of Glamorgan Council is determined to play a role in addressing.

“The funding secured from Welsh Government will be used to provide warmer and more fuel efficient homes for tenants and residents of the western side of the Gibbonsdown estate in Barry. Work to install wall insulation and heating controls, replace boilers, and upgrade draught proofing is now underway and will make a very real difference to the lives of the 230 private and council homes that are set to benefit.”

Melin Homes Chief Executive, Mark Gardner said:

“The impact made by the Welsh Government Warm Homes Arbed project has been huge and we are so proud of our part in its success.  

“We ensure we engage with Welsh SMEs, to create and retain local jobs.

“We are delighted to be working with SMK building contractors and the Vale of Glamorgan Council to deliver much needed energy efficiency improvements to people’s homes, within Gibbonsdown.”  

Shaun Williams, Director of local firm SMK said:

“We are thrilled to be the principle contractor within Gibbonsdown.  As a local company it means so much to us that projects such as this, support and develop SME’s.”



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