Council-owned Oldham bungalows to get photo voltaic panels
The council-owned bungalows in Oldham will be fitted with solar panels as part of an initiative to improve the carbon footprint of homes across the region.
Cabinet has agreed to use grants from the community’s Green Homes Grant delivery program to improve the energy efficiency of some of the community’s still-owned properties.
City Hall has already agreed to use the funds to retrofit wall insulation on a number of “damp” houses on the Crossley Estate in Chadderton.
And now houses at Primrose Bank in Oldham will also benefit from work, as part of the public housing funding from the grant will be used to finance exterior wall insulation for Crosswell Bauhaus buildings and cavity wall insulation for traditional Bauhaus buildings.
The Oldham Retirement Housing Partnership is also expected to receive public housing funding to partially fund the installation of solar PV systems for community bungalows.
The lack of funding for these measures is to be compensated for by the capital program of the council for home ownership accounts.
According to officials, the work will improve energy efficiency and reduce fuel poverty, which will help “prevent cold-related diseases”.
It will also help meet the council’s goal of making the district climate neutral by 2030 to help fight climate change, as well as providing work for local contractors and training for new green jobs.
Councilor Hannah Roberts, Cabinet Member for Housing, said the meeting was “good news” for Oldham and would help “improve people’s homes”.
Cabinet Secretary Coun Abdul Jabbar added, “I think this report shows that Oldham is leading the green agenda. In addition to retrofitting the houses, we are also installing solar panels that produce the urgently needed clean electricity for the residents. This is also to be welcomed.
“And I appeal to the government to come up, especially the year the UK hosts the United Nations Climate Change Conference in November with a solid proposal to tackle decarbonization, and if they do, I’ll be the one Oldham Council is absolutely convinced that it will do its part to meet these challenges.
“We are ready for anything the government wants to invest in, either local government or the private sector.
“You have heard the Prime Minister talk about green jobs etc, but if the government gave us the money we would be ready to build a business park to invest in our community and create green jobs, but we need that initial investment in order to do this, be able to make these things happen. ”