PEOPLE living in North Tyneside are to benefit from a not for profit organisation launched in the borough with the support of North Tyneside Council, Scottish Power, Northern Gas Networks and Defra’s Community Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF).

The North Tyneside Warm Zone project is officially underway as the team secured an additional £270,000 of CEEF funding for year one of the three year project.

The North Tyneside Warm Zone project is officially underway as the team secured an additional £270,000 of CEEF funding for year one of the three year project.

Over the three years, more than 90,000 homes across all the wards in the borough will be assessed to identify if they can be helped by the Warm Zone project.

Fighting fuel poverty and reducing the area’s carbon footprint, the Warm Zone installs free loft and cavity wall insulation. It also offers benefits advice checks and energy efficiency advice to help increase householders incomes whilst at the same time reducing their fuel bills.

Director of North Tyneside Warm Zone, David Connor, said: “We have an excellent management team in place and now that we have had the good news on the CEEF funds we will be appointing operations staff and assessment team members.

“The first ward we are visiting is Chirton, and we will have our mobile advice unit prominent in the area over the coming weeks for anyone who maybe misses our assessors calling at their home. The installations of cavity wall and loft installation will follow on shortly after.”

North Tyneside Warm Zone is moving into premises on Howard Street in North Shields. Elected Mayor of North Tyneside, John Harrison, said: “This is a move that the council has been working towards for a long time and we are delighted that the initiative is finally up and running in our borough. The CEEF funding is the cherry on the cake, and we encourage all residents including our own tenants to speak with Warm Zone as soon as they are offered the opportunity.”

North Tyneside Warm Zone can be contacted on (0191) 223-4167. There are also Warm Zones in Newcastle, that can be contacted on (0191) 277-7373 and in Gateshead, telephone (0191) 477-7663.

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