£2m boost for greener homes in Blackpool

A bid led by Blackpool Council has been awarded £2m to retro-fit social housing with green energy saving measures.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 1:02 pm

The government grant is part of £20m being invested across the North West to make homes more energy efficient and warmer, which will also reduce heating bills for residents.

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Coun Neal Brookes, cabinet member for housing, said: “We are delighted this bid, that we led on behalf of Lancashire, has been successful.

“The funding is designed to pilot ways of making the current housing stock that has a poor EPC rating more energy efficient and reduce carbon use.

“The measures implemented will vary depending on the properties and will range from low level interventions like increased insulation through to alternative heat and power sources.

“As a result of us having to meet Decent Homes standards social housing in Blackpool is, as a rule, in better condition than large parts of the private rented sector and properties in private ownership.

“This funding will let us test various solutions as we consider how we best deal with all of our stock.

“The successful bid is good news as it is one more contribution to help meet the council’s target of making Blackpool carbon neutral by 2030.

“Clearly there remains much to do but alongside the recent successful European funding award for Grange Park this new funding is making a good start.”

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