City council gives go-ahead for £8m energy scheme aimed at cutting bills by up to 40%

Lochee residents set to benefit from city council energy scheme. Picture: PA
Lochee residents set to benefit from city council energy scheme. Picture: PA
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AN £8 million energy scheme, designed to dramatically cut fuel bills for homes in the Lochee area of Dundee, is expected to be given the green light by city councillors next week.

• Green light to be given for £8m energy scheme in Lochee, Dundee

• Scheme aims to cut down on heating bills by 30-40 per cent

Dundee City Council’s housing committee is being asked to back a joint pilot energy scheme with Scottish Gas for multistoreys and other homes around Kirk Street in Lochee.

Councillor Jimmy Black, the housing committee’s convener, explained: “With this scheme tenants could be looking forward to a reduction in their heating bills of between 30 and 40 per cent. We have been at the forefront of energy efficiency in Dundee for a number of years providing cleaner greener schemes, for example the district heating system at the Dallfield multis.”

He continued: “With this proposed pilot, residents of both multi storey and low rise homes will be able to benefit from better insulation, cheaper more controllable energy and new kitchens and bathrooms.

“By upgrading the external insulation and render, something that the council could not have afforded on its own, and installing a gas powered district heating system, ECO (Energy Company Obligation) funding has given us a way of achieving the Scottish Housing Quality Standard and providing warm, comfortable homes for tenants as well as a way to address fuel poverty.

“This development makes living in that part of Lochee an attractive proposition and fits with the council’s wider on going regeneration of the area by keeping the population within walking distance of local shops and businesses.”

A council spokesman said: “A £3million investment in external insulation and district heating schemes is already underway in Lochee at the Lansdowne/Pitalpin and Ancrum/Burnside Courts as part of a community energy savings project run by the housing department and Scottish Gas.”