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Work steps up on Oak Tree heating scheme

Work has begun on the Oak Tree Lane estate to prepare the way for new gas heating supplies to be installed to residents' homes.

Mansfield District Council is working with British Gas and National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions to replace all three coal-fired district heating systems on the estate, which has more than 1,000 homes. Each property, including the homes of private tenants and landlords, will be provided with individual energy efficient gas boilers, new pipes and radiators.

The first phase of the work started today (3 April) with contractors, who are working on behalf of National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions, preparing to lay the main gas pipelines within the estate. This will continue through the next few months and it is expected there will be disruption during this time. Further works to lay piping on side roads and to individual properties will continue until November. The District Council is working with all project partners to ensure this disruption to residents and motorists is kept to a minimum and for the shortest time possible.

Once completed, work will then begin on connecting properties to the main supply and installing the new heating systems in homes across the estate, which is expected to begin in June. Further details about the internal installation work will be sent to residents in coming months.

All employees from each of the contracted companies will carry their own identification cards and residents are reminded to check identification before allowing entry into their homes. If residents are unsure, please contact the District Council on 01623 463 463.

The cost of the scheme is expected to be mainly covered by grants through British Gas and National Grid Affordable Warm Solutions.

Cllr Mick Colley, Portfolio Holder for Tenancy Services and Housing Needs at Mansfield District Council, said: "I'm pleased the project is moving forward as it will provide the residents of the Oak Tree Lane Estate with an efficient heating system, under their own control, which will be more reliable. It will also help us to reduce our CO2 emissions and reduce the Council's costs for maintenance and operation of the system."

Published 03 April 2012

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