Work starts to warm up Newtown homes

Powys Council has started work insulating homes on the Maesydail estate and part of the Trehafren estate in Newtown.

The energy efficiency work is being carried out thanks to £2 million of Welsh Government funding to improve energy efficiency as part of a programme to tackle fuel poverty.  

The majority of the work to the properties will include external wall insulation to reduce heat loss.

The works are being carried out as part of the Welsh Government’s Arbed programme. 

Cllr Darren Mayor, Cabinet Member for Property, Buildings and Housing, said: “This is a first for Powys as this is the first time funding from the Arbed programme has been awarded to support improvements in the county. We welcome the investment in Newtown, which will boost economic development, create jobs and reduce fuel bills for householders.”

The news of the funding was announced last month by Natural Resources Minister, Carl Sargeant, who said: “I am pleased that the Welsh Government was to award £2m to Powys as part of our drive to tackle fuel poverty. We have invested over £20m on energy efficiency improvement works to 13 local authorities across Wales which will help reduce energy bills and increase disposable income for thousands of households across Wales.”

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