SNP MP BACKS RESIDENTS IN FIGHT FOR THEIR RIGHT TO SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT FUNDING PROGRAMME
SNP MP Marion Fellows, today called on North Lanarkshire Council to facilitate a public meeting with residents affected by the current external wall insulation project. The project funded through the Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland, Area Based Schemes (HEEPS ABS) is provided by the Scottish Government for private properties. Home owners in Ettrick Street, Melrose Avenue and Lyne Street have expressed their indignation.
The Scottish Government has provided funds to NLC to develop and deliver an energy efficiency programme in areas with high levels of fuel poverty. The funding is blended with Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding, owners’ contributions and funding from registered social landlords who may choose to insulate their homes at the same time.
NLC have contracted ProCast to carry out the cladding and rough casting within the identified areas. However, not every home within the areas will receive the works despite the ‘area’ being recognised as having high levels of fuel poverty. NLC say this is because properties selected for the works was dependent on whether they were ‘traditional’ or ‘non-traditional’ builds.
‘Non-traditional build’ homes are the ones being selected as the programme is solid wall insulation. However, in some cases residents report a terrace of 4 or more homes built at exactly the same, only 2 homes are receiving the upgrades which contradicts the selection process NLC claim to be following.
Residents have requested a meeting with NLC to discuss why only certain homes are being selected, however, as to date NLC have negated on facilitating this.
Residents have reported ProCast workers storing scaffolding in the gardens of homes not receiving works without the permission of the home owners; scaffolding overlapping non-receiving homes; workers walking on the roofs of non-receiving homes.
Residents have also witnessed workers deliberately destroying cladding materials. When residents questioned their actions they were advised workers had nowhere to store surplus materials.
Commenting Mrs Fellows said:
“I fully support my constituents demand for the right to a Scottish Government funded energy efficiency programme especially when they reside in an area identified by NLC as having high levels of fuel poverty.
“Additionally residents have expressed their concerns that their homes will be instantly devalued as a result of not receiving the upgrades whilst others increase in value.
“If North Lanarkshire Council does not act and commit to extending this particular programme to all private homes it will demonstrate this Labour led administration’s refusal to pass Scottish Government Funding to communities.”