Dundee residents set to benefit from more energy efficiency work

Almost 1,000 council homes in Dundee look set to share in £5m of energy efficiency work under the city council’s external wall insulation programme.

Dundee City Council’s housing committee meets on Monday (24 August) to discuss the work, which is set to take place in the autumn and the possibility of a bid for more money from Home Energy Efficiency Programme Scotland (HEEPS) to help owner-occupied properties. 

A total of 834 tenanted homes will have the cladding fitted this year, if councillors back the £5,351,302 project costs. 

Of that £3,017,682 will come from Dundee City Council with the rest paid for through HEEPS grants. 

Meanwhile a further bid for £100,000 to the Scottish Government to help with external wall insulation work on 33 cottages in Mid Craigie could be approved later this month after a submission by the council was made in July. 

“The amount of good feedback we’ve had from our tenants, owner occupiers and social rented sector tenants about the external wall insulation programme so far has been fantastic,” said committee convener, Cllr John Alexander. 

“On previous visits like the one I’ve just made to Sandeman Street I have been invited into people’s homes so that they can show me how warm, comfortable and easy to heat the building now is. 

“Residents really do see the long-term benefit of this investment and it’s great to hear first-hand, the benefit it has had in terms of reducing fuel bills and keeping homes warmer. Kevin Cordell depute convener of the housing committee added: “Extensive areas of the city have already benefited from millions of pounds of investment and we’re keen to maintain that momentum and continue to deliver higher quality homes for people in Dundee 

“Lower energy bills, warmer and more attractive homes are being created all over the city and I want to make sure that we continue to deliver these,” added Cllr Alexander.

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues