£3.5 million project helps reduce bills in Mayfield

Brian Ball outside his home on Sycamore Road, Mayfield. One of 296 Melville properties transformed thanks to a �3.5 million project
Brian Ball outside his home on Sycamore Road, Mayfield. One of 296 Melville properties transformed thanks to a �3.5 million project

Hundreds of properties in Mayfield have been transformed by a £3.5 million project which will reduce heating bills for tenants.

The recently-completed energy efficiency work will benefit 296 Melville Homes in the area.

The improvement work has seen the homes fitted with external wall insulation, which aims to improve comfort levels and make them much cheaper to keep warm.

One Melville customer who has benefited is Brian Ball of Sycamore Road.

He said: “Ever since I moved in, this has been a cold house. My kids would worry about me sitting in a coat in the living room because of how much it cost to heat.

“But the new cladding on the walls has meant that the house gets too hot after 30 minutes even with the thermostat at 17 degrees celsius!”

“With the price of everything else rising, it’s nice to have one cost that isn’t going through the roof.”

The work was made possible thanks to grant funding of almost £2 million from Scottish Power as part of the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP).

Read more on this story in the July 11 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.