Boost for Ballinalee home owners as €4.4m Longford deep retrofit scheme begins
Householders in approximately 50 homes in Ballinalee will receive notification of the planned first phase in the roll out of a major retrofit scheme for local authority homes in Co Longford.
Welcoming the start of these works, Deputy Joe Flaherty said: “The start of the scheme has been delayed by Covid-19 but will see €4.4m spent on retrofitting the houses across Co Longford in one of the most significant energy efficiency projects in the county.”
Funding for the scheme is coming through the Just Transition Fund.
The Longford TD explained that the Ballinalee houses are being done on a pilot basis with the scheme expanding to other Longford towns and local authority housing estates over the summer months
Said Deputy Flaherty: “Tenants in many of the older local authority houses have been beset by badly heated and insulated properties. This is the first real and meaningful attempt to address this. Residents will benefit from warmer and healthier buildings, lower energy bills, and reduced harmful CO2 emissions. The projects will also deliver significant employment benefits locally and nationally.”
Residents at the Riverside, Cois na hAbhainn, Hillview and Camlin View estates in Ballinalee will have received their notification letters or will do so in the coming days and the recently appointed contractors will be in touch to schedule the works.
Senator Micheál Carrigy also welcomed the announcement of the retrofit scheme for local authority homes in Ballinalee.
Senator Carrigy remarked, “Cllr Colin Dalton and I have been working on this project for some time and notified the residents of Riverside, Cois na hAbhainn, Hillview and Camlin View late last year that funding of €1.5m had been secured for 47 houses in Ballinalee.
"Unfortunately works were due to start prior to Christmas however due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions the roll out had to be stalled. This work will have huge benefits for the resident of these properties.
"Tenants in many of the older local authority houses have had ongoing issues with heating and the level of insulation in these properties. Residents will now benefit from this retrofit work with both lower energy bills, and reduced harmful CO2 emissions. Longford County Council will be in contact with tenants to notify them of these works in the coming days and contractors will follow up to schedule the works.”