Former pit village wins £1.7m for homes energy efficiency

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HOUSEHOLDERS in a former pit village, which hit the headlines last month when residents organised a bonfire party for Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, are to be offered “energy-efficiency” works to improve their homes.

It was announced yesterday that people living in Goldthorpe could soon be “enjoying warmer, greener and cheaper-to-heat homes” after £1.7m of funding was secured by housing and regeneration specialist Keepmoat and Barnsley Council.

This comes after Government funding for the regeneration of the run-down village, through the Housing Market Renewal scheme, was slashed.

Land off Main Street had been earmarked for a new school, with new houses to be built behind it.

But these plans were delayed after funding for the so-called “Goldthorpe Masterplan” was cut, meaning that Barnsley Council could no longer rely on Government grants to finance the improvements.

Yesterday, a spokesman for Barnsley Council said that up to 105 properties in Goldthorpe could be eligible for the free improvements, which are designed to help people living in “hard to heat” properties save money on their fuel bills.

Victorian terraced properties in Doncaster Road, Main Street, East Street, West Street and Lockwood Road are among those which could benefit from free insulation and draught-proofing. A letter has been sent to all eligible homes.

The council spokesman added yesterday: “The energy-efficiency programme is just one of the projects within the wider Goldthorpe masterplan.

“Final acquisitions have been completed on the Doncaster Road and Main Street site.

“Utility services are currently being permanently disconnected, with demolitions scheduled in the next couple of months.

“Work to deliver the cluster of empty homes programme is also under way, with property owners now approaching the council to access grants to bring long-term empty homes back into use.”

Steve Batty, Keepmoat’s head of sustainability for Yorkshire, added: “These home improvements will make a huge difference to residents by keeping them warmer in the winter and helping them to save on their fuel bills all year round.”