100 houses in Horwich get gas central heating

From left, Julie Hilling MP, Jackie Smith, resident, John Bilsborough, neighbourhood officer, Places for People, and Ken Whowell, chair, Residents’ Association

From left, Julie Hilling MP, Jackie Smith, resident, John Bilsborough, neighbourhood officer, Places for People, and Ken Whowell, chair, Residents’ Association

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

A COMMUNITY at risk of being broken up because of high energy bills can stay together thanks to new gas central heating.

People living in 100 houses in the Claypool Estate, Horwich, many of whom are elderly, were struggling with the high costs of heating their homes with electric energy.

It can cost three or four times as much to heat a home using electricity instead of gas, with the average fuel cost for water and heating for electricity £1,700 a year compared to gas at £700 if a combi condensing boiler is fitted.

So, the Claypool Residents’ Association began working with housing provider Places for People and Bolton West MP Julie Hilling to put forward an application for an installation grant for gas central heating for the area.

Places for People then obtained national grid support for the cost of the pipeline into the estate and funded the conversion to gas central heating.

Work started in July last year and now a new pipeline has been fitted and all 100 properties have been transferred to a gas supply for their heating.

One resident benefiting from the switch is Roy Greenhalgh, aged 65, of Poplar Avenue, who also chairs the residents’ association.

He said: “For the 40 years, since the estate was built, these houses used storage heaters, which would release heat in the daytime but go off at night and leave people cold in their homes.

“What is great about this new system is we have gas on demand.

“There is a thermostat and we can control it. It means energy is not wasted and so our bills will go down.”

Fellow Poplar Avenue resident, Winston Heeley, aged 73, said: “We are ever so grateful to everyone involved and are looking forward to saving money on our bills.”

Ms Hilling, who has been campaigning for months to get the issue resolved, said: “I am so pleased that the residents of Claypool will now be able to have gas central heating.

“I, along with Places for People, have been working hard to get this issue resolved, ensuring options and choice are available to families and individuals living in Horwich.”

Secretary of the Residents’ Association, Ken Whowell, said: “The difference has been enormous. We now have lower fuel bills and this means that people can afford to stay in the homes that they love.”

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10:41am Wed 9 Apr 14

Don Kiddick says...

Horwich folk getting gas central heating, i thought they had all the heating they needed from Armstrongs?

It's good to see them getting something though.
Horwich folk getting gas central heating, i thought they had all the heating they needed from Armstrongs? It's good to see them getting something though. Don Kiddick
  • Score: 10

11:31am Wed 9 Apr 14

Gore Seer says...

Thats Two Standing Charges, Some Electric Meters Running On Fresh Air, Mine For One, I Have No Leccy On In Night,But I Use 75 Kilowatt A Your How. I Complained , Well You Don't Use Allot So It Does Not Matter To Me, I Am To **** Of To Bother Doing Anything, Bolton At Home Claim That There Is Nothing Running For Them At My Expense. Same At My Girlfriends, Meters Need To Be Calibrated Regular, Big Ripoff Gov Wont Bother They Get V.A.T.
Thats Two Standing Charges, Some Electric Meters Running On Fresh Air, Mine For One, I Have No Leccy On In Night,But I Use 75 Kilowatt A Your How. I Complained , Well You Don't Use Allot So It Does Not Matter To Me, I Am To **** Of To Bother Doing Anything, Bolton At Home Claim That There Is Nothing Running For Them At My Expense. Same At My Girlfriends, Meters Need To Be Calibrated Regular, Big Ripoff Gov Wont Bother They Get V.A.T. Gore Seer
  • Score: -7

2:50pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Don Kiddick says...

I find it odd that Horwich has so many recycling dumps . . . and so many takeaways.

In fact I think I smell a rat!
I find it odd that Horwich has so many recycling dumps . . . and so many takeaways. In fact I think I smell a rat! Don Kiddick
  • Score: -2

4:00pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Gore Seer says...

Gore Seer wrote:
Thats Two Standing Charges, Some Electric Meters Running On Fresh Air, Mine For One, I Have No Leccy On In Night,But I Use 75 Kilowatt A Your How. I Complained , Well You Don't Use Allot So It Does Not Matter To Me, I Am To **** Of To Bother Doing Anything, Bolton At Home Claim That There Is Nothing Running For Them At My Expense. Same At My Girlfriends, Meters Need To Be Calibrated Regular, Big Ripoff Gov Wont Bother They Get V.A.T.
Well Look At Back Of Closedown Shops, Loads Of Bills, They Never Get Paid, So Joe Public Paying Again.
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: Thats Two Standing Charges, Some Electric Meters Running On Fresh Air, Mine For One, I Have No Leccy On In Night,But I Use 75 Kilowatt A Your How. I Complained , Well You Don't Use Allot So It Does Not Matter To Me, I Am To **** Of To Bother Doing Anything, Bolton At Home Claim That There Is Nothing Running For Them At My Expense. Same At My Girlfriends, Meters Need To Be Calibrated Regular, Big Ripoff Gov Wont Bother They Get V.A.T.[/p][/quote]Well Look At Back Of Closedown Shops, Loads Of Bills, They Never Get Paid, So Joe Public Paying Again. Gore Seer
  • Score: -2

4:03pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Don Kiddick says...

Gore Seer wrote:
Thats Two Standing Charges, Some Electric Meters Running On Fresh Air, Mine For One, I Have No Leccy On In Night,But I Use 75 Kilowatt A Your How. I Complained , Well You Don't Use Allot So It Does Not Matter To Me, I Am To **** Of To Bother Doing Anything, Bolton At Home Claim That There Is Nothing Running For Them At My Expense. Same At My Girlfriends, Meters Need To Be Calibrated Regular, Big Ripoff Gov Wont Bother They Get V.A.T.
Can I recommend the following establishment to help with your English:

Horwich Parish C of E Primary School

It's not a bad school by all accounts so they should be able to help.
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: Thats Two Standing Charges, Some Electric Meters Running On Fresh Air, Mine For One, I Have No Leccy On In Night,But I Use 75 Kilowatt A Your How. I Complained , Well You Don't Use Allot So It Does Not Matter To Me, I Am To **** Of To Bother Doing Anything, Bolton At Home Claim That There Is Nothing Running For Them At My Expense. Same At My Girlfriends, Meters Need To Be Calibrated Regular, Big Ripoff Gov Wont Bother They Get V.A.T.[/p][/quote]Can I recommend the following establishment to help with your English: Horwich Parish C of E Primary School It's not a bad school by all accounts so they should be able to help. Don Kiddick
  • Score: 7

4:47pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Gore Seer says...

Yes You Can Its A Free Comment Site. But There Is American English, Then Theres My English,Then What I Call Ordinary English. But If My Special English Is Difficult Don't Read It, I Don't Read Your English.
Yes You Can Its A Free Comment Site. But There Is American English, Then Theres My English,Then What I Call Ordinary English. But If My Special English Is Difficult Don't Read It, I Don't Read Your English. Gore Seer
  • Score: -7

4:57pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Don Kiddick says...

Hey! I'm only trying to help!

Ok, it's a church school but at least it's not catholic so the only thing that will be stuffed down your throat will be stupid fairytales and dogma that the flock never grew out of. Better to have fertile minds imprinted with nonsense instead of real knowledge so you don't ask too many questions when you're carrying stuff to the van.

Indoctrination is still child abuse mind, no doubt about that, but not as ete-watering as that administered by a number of catholic priests if legal judgement is to be believed.

In god we trust.
Hey! I'm only trying to help! Ok, it's a church school but at least it's not catholic so the only thing that will be stuffed down your throat will be stupid fairytales and dogma that the flock never grew out of. Better to have fertile minds imprinted with nonsense instead of real knowledge so you don't ask too many questions when you're carrying stuff to the van. Indoctrination is still child abuse mind, no doubt about that, but not as ete-watering as that administered by a number of catholic priests if legal judgement is to be believed. In god we trust. Don Kiddick
  • Score: 1

5:46pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Don Kiddick says...

I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but from what I read I gather that these old dears have had a boiler conversion for free. Ok, the cost of running gas to the site should be met by the relevant company but the conversion inside the home?

Why haven't the families of these elderly residents stumped up for the cost of this conversion? Why has somebody else had to pay?
I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but from what I read I gather that these old dears have had a boiler conversion for free. Ok, the cost of running gas to the site should be met by the relevant company but the conversion inside the home? Why haven't the families of these elderly residents stumped up for the cost of this conversion? Why has somebody else had to pay? Don Kiddick
  • Score: 2

9:06pm Wed 9 Apr 14

wsw69 says...

Don Kiddick wrote:
Hey! I'm only trying to help!

Ok, it's a church school but at least it's not catholic so the only thing that will be stuffed down your throat will be stupid fairytales and dogma that the flock never grew out of. Better to have fertile minds imprinted with nonsense instead of real knowledge so you don't ask too many questions when you're carrying stuff to the van.

Indoctrination is still child abuse mind, no doubt about that, but not as ete-watering as that administered by a number of catholic priests if legal judgement is to be believed.

In god we trust.
PMFSLOL, classic and so true :-)

I'll not add to this one, I may end up inside. Already had one rant taken down today by the soft ba5Tard5 moderating the comments.
[quote][p][bold]Don Kiddick[/bold] wrote: Hey! I'm only trying to help! Ok, it's a church school but at least it's not catholic so the only thing that will be stuffed down your throat will be stupid fairytales and dogma that the flock never grew out of. Better to have fertile minds imprinted with nonsense instead of real knowledge so you don't ask too many questions when you're carrying stuff to the van. Indoctrination is still child abuse mind, no doubt about that, but not as ete-watering as that administered by a number of catholic priests if legal judgement is to be believed. In god we trust.[/p][/quote]PMFSLOL, classic and so true :-) I'll not add to this one, I may end up inside. Already had one rant taken down today by the soft ba5Tard5 moderating the comments. wsw69
  • Score: 0

10:05pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Citizen Cane says...

Don Kiddick wrote:
I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but from what I read I gather that these old dears have had a boiler conversion for free. Ok, the cost of running gas to the site should be met by the relevant company but the conversion inside the home?

Why haven't the families of these elderly residents stumped up for the cost of this conversion? Why has somebody else had to pay?
There's no such thing as a free lunch, just taxpayers who are regularly fleeced to pay for an amazingly huge number of "vulnerable" people who always have their hands out demanding more and more. Why do you think that taxes on petrol run at over 60% which the taxpayer pays for out of taxed income?
[quote][p][bold]Don Kiddick[/bold] wrote: I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but from what I read I gather that these old dears have had a boiler conversion for free. Ok, the cost of running gas to the site should be met by the relevant company but the conversion inside the home? Why haven't the families of these elderly residents stumped up for the cost of this conversion? Why has somebody else had to pay?[/p][/quote]There's no such thing as a free lunch, just taxpayers who are regularly fleeced to pay for an amazingly huge number of "vulnerable" people who always have their hands out demanding more and more. Why do you think that taxes on petrol run at over 60% which the taxpayer pays for out of taxed income? Citizen Cane
  • Score: -3

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