240 families to benefit from council’s insulation initiative

More than 240 families renting council houses in North Cork will be feeling a lot cosier this winter following the announcement that insulation and draft-proofing works are to start on their homes.

240 families to benefit from council’s insulation initiative

Each house will also get an updated BER certification, as part of a programme mainly funded by the Local Property Tax, with an extra top-up by the Exchequer.

It is part of a €1.6m programme the council is initiating in its housing stock throughout the county.

Since 2013 the council has insulated over 800 houses in its stock, with over 400 already completed in North Cork. It is envisaged that all council houses will have benefited from the Energy Retrofitting Programme by the end of 2016.

The Mayor of County Cork, Cllr John Paul O’ Shea (Ind), said this third phase of home insulation works will be of huge benefit to the many families in the North Cork area.

“I am delighted to state works have already commenced in North Cork so the families can benefit from this during the coming winter. The cost of energy and electricity is escalating every day and I am delighted that Cork County Council is now in the position to continue insulating these homes,” Mr O’Shea said.

He said it would help the families involved reduce their energy and fuel costs and to have a cosier home this winter.

Locations where insulation works will take place in Cork County Council homes include: Dr Croke Place, Kilbrin; Droimneach and Cluain Ard, Bweeng; Church Hill, Noonan Park and Pairc An Tobair in Freemount; Scannell’s Place, Nadd; Churchview and Woodland Park in Knocknagree; Forge View, Milford, Main St, Boherbue, Moylan Park, Kiskeam, Mullaghroe South, Cullen; Minor Row, Millstreet, and Glenview Gleann Daire in Lyre; Kylecarroll, Liscarroll; Burton View, Churchtown; Cecilstown, Mallow; Guiney’s Terrace, Newmarket; Highfield Drive, Newtownshandrum; Gleann Na Spa, Rockchapel; Gort Na Coille, Lombardstown and New St, Ard an Bhaile, Cregane Beg and Steeple View, which are all in Buttevant.

The council is hoping to be in a position later this year to commence extra external and internal insulation such as dry lining of damp rooms in houses with solid or hollow block construction.

“It is important that Cork County Council, as the landlord to over 7,000 family homes countywide, does its upmost to maintain and renovate their stock for the benefit of their tenants,” Mr O’Shea added.

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