Ashfield District Council has taken home the top prize at the East Midlands Energy Efficiency Awards.
Ashfield has been awarded ‘Landlord of the Year’ following major works to improve the energy efficiency of its housing portfolio. Over the past year, the authority has carried out improvement works to over 1000 properties, with over 250 homes receiving measures to reduce carbon emissions or improve thermal efficiency.
Further carbon reduction projects are planned to build upon the Council’s already good energy rating for its housing stock as well as contribute to the reduction of fuel poverty.
The Council also works pro-actively with private sector residents to address issues of fuel poverty, thermal comfort and affordable warmth.
The Council also received a ‘Special Commendation’ for the ‘Project of the Year’ category for the Lower Coxmoor Thermal Improvement Project to timber-framed bungalows. The works included external wall insulation, new roof coverings incorporating solid insulation, ‘A’ rated windows and new external doors. Works were carried out to bungalows tenanted by the elderly and vulnerable, who gave glowing praise for the way in which the project was delivered, and for the huge improvement to their homes.
Cllr Keir Morrison, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Assets, said: “The Council is committed to reducing carbon emissions and reducing fuel poverty within the District, both in relation to our own housing stock as well as the private sector.
Antony Newton, Director (Regeneration) at J Tomlinson Ltd said: “We would like to wish Ashfield District Council a huge congratulations on being named Landlord of the Year at the East Midlands Energy Efficiency Awards. Having enjoyed a long-term partnership with the council for over ten years, we have witnessed first-hand their dedication to reducing fuel poverty to the benefit of residents. We are very proud to work with such a forward-thinking Council that puts the welfare and wellbeing of its communities at the forefront of its vision.”