Saving energy for Hackney Homes residents
Published by Natalie Powell for Hackney Homes in Housing
Cabinet Member for Crime, Sustainability and Customer Services, Cllr Sophie Linden, Hackney Homes advisor, Cllr Philip Glanville and Ward Cllr Chris Kennedy visit Gascoyne Estate
Hackney Homes’ Gasgoyne Estate has received a total exterior and interior makeover, insulating the blocks and providing energy savings for residents .
The project has been by funded by London Borough of Hackney and Scottish & Southern Energy as a part of the community energy savings programme.
Cabinet Member for Crime, Sustainability and Customer Services, Cllr Sophie Linden, Hackney Homes advisor, Cllr Philip Glanville and Ward Councillor Chris Kennedy recently visited the estate and spoke with delighted residents who are excited to have received the new works on their estate.
100 year old, Gasgoyne resident Kathleen Sampson, who has lived in Hackney for 44 years, welcomed the Councillors into her home and showcased some of the improvements which will contribute to a warmer home.
The tired, pebble stone exterior has received a new lease of life, through over cladding; insulating all the walls and adding a fresh coat of white paint. With new double glazed windows and external wall insulation the heating bills and carbon footprint for residents will be drastically reduced.
Local Ward Councillor, Chris Kennedy said: “After residents have waited for improvements, it is wonderful to visit happy people in warm homes.”
SSE CESP project manager, David Cheesewright, explained: “Fuel poverty is something, we as a company are working very hard to reduce, and this project is directly helping hundreds of residents by making their homes cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in.”
Works have been carried out by appointed contractor Mullaley. The blocks have also been fitted with a new roof and residents are due to receive new kitchens, bathrooms and energy saving heating system later this year.
Local Resident and Secretary for the Tenant and Resident Association, Veronica Davis said: “It’s good to see the day to day improvement of the block. It’s much quieter and warmer since the works have taken place and we are really happy with the results.”
Cabinet Member for Sustainability Cllr Sophie Linden said: “It’s good to see the improvements for residents inside and outside their flats that will help save money on their energy bills.”