Skip to content

£2m investment in Craigavon homes

Published: Fri, 7 Mar 2014
Share |
James Hamilton, who benefitted from the heating upgrade works with local Housing Officer, Pauline Campbell
Portadown Craigavon new heating
The £2.1m investment is being made through heating replacement works in our properties in the Craigavon Borough Council area
Some 431 of our homes in the area have had their heating upgraded to a more energy efficient system or are due for upgrade shortly.
Working in partnership with BC Energy the Housing Executive started last Autumn and has completed work in Lurgan’s Drumbeg, Meadowbank, Drumgor, Aldervale as well as across the Portadown area.  
Local man, James Hamilton, who is a tenant in Portadown said: “I am absolutely delighted with my new heating system.  It heats the house much more quickly and is very cheap to run”.
Meanwhile another long time tenant, Deirdre Haughey, who lives in the Aldervale area of Lurgan also expressed her delight at the new heating system which was installed early January.  She said:
“Previously I had Economy 7 heating which wasn’t great.  It cost about £20 per week to keep warm and have hot water.  Since the gas was installed I am finding I spend less than half this.  
“The best bit is the instant hot water, no more planning when to have a bath and I am able to set the timer so my home’s nice and warm for coming in!”
Work has just begun in Lurgantarry where some 136 homes will have more energy efficient heating installed and there are plans for work to start soon in Mourneview and Cambria.  
Area Manager, Comghal McQuillan, said: “We’re delighted to bring this heating upgrade to our properties which is proving more cost effective for our tenants to run. This initiative is key to supporting the Housing Executive’s commitment to reducing fuel poverty in Northern Ireland.”