Onthank Gets Energised!

The community of Onthank will soon enjoy warmer homes and lower fuel bills thanks to a new project, Onthank Energy, which aims to improve the energy efficiency of households in the area.

This new partnership project between East Ayrshire Council, The Energy Agency and The ScottishPower Energy People Trust, the Onthank Energy Project will offer local households that need it most free insulation and energy advice through identifying households that are in a recognised Fuel Poverty area.

It will also provide a service to households to help maximise their income by advising if they are entitled to benefits which they may not be claiming.

Energy Lessons will also be provided to each school in the area to help introduce the importance of energy efficiency to the children who are the householders of the future!

The project was recently launched at Onthank Primary School. Chair of the Housing Committee, Councillor Jimmy Kelly, said: "We want to tackle fuel poverty head on and this is an excellent way to go about it. Onthank Energy is expected to improve around 400 homes in the Onthank area and I look forward to seeing the results of the project once it is complete."

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust was created in November 2005 to fund not-for-profit organisations that help vulnerable people including families, young people, the disabled and the elderly who need to spend more than 10% of their income on energy bills and suffer from fuel poverty.

The Trust has donated £105,000 in order to assist fuel poor households in the Onthank area, through the Onthank Energy project.

Ann Loughrey, ScottishPower's Head of External Business and Community Relations and The ScottishPower Energy People Trust's Company Secretary, said:

"We are delighted to have been able to assist the Onthank area and understand that fuel poverty affects a large percentage of households across the UK.

"Insulation is one of the best methods of keeping homes cosy without paying the price through high bills and this project will allow households that need it most proper insulation to keep the heat in.

"We are delighted to be doing this in conjunction with the Council and working in partnership with them for the benefit of the people of Onthank."

Local member Councillor Willie Coffey added: "This is a great new project which will help all households regardless of their tenure or income. It is an excellent example of how partner organisations and communities can come together to benefit the individual householders in the area."

Letters and application forms will be sent to all households in Ward 7 in Onthank over the next few weeks.


Thursday, October 05, 2006