Insulation boost for Mayfield

(left to right) Norma McNeill, Secretary of the Board ' Melville Housing, Mr Peter Thomas, Melville tenant, and Margaret Burgess MSP, Minister for Housing and Welfare
(left to right) Norma McNeill, Secretary of the Board ' Melville Housing, Mr Peter Thomas, Melville tenant, and Margaret Burgess MSP, Minister for Housing and Welfare

An additional 105 homes in Mayfield are to be fitted with energy efficient insulation, making them both warmer and cheaper to run.

Melville Housing Association is to insulate homes in Bogwood Road, Lawfield Road, Hawthorn Crescent, Kippielaw Park, Campwood View and Langlaw Road.

Melville chief executive Andrew Noble is delighted that more homes in Mayfield will soon benefit from the scheme which has already enhanced 400 local homes.

He said: “Energy efficiency is one of our key priorities and the massive project to fit external wall insulation to all of our 568 non-traditional properties in Mayfield is a huge undertaking.

“We are making excellent progress, having completed 400 homes so far with another 105 to benefit over the next 12 months.”

The extension to the work, which will cost £820,000 and be carried out by contractor SERS, will begin shortly and carry on throughout the year.

The work will be funded by grants from energy suppliers alongside Melville’s own contribution and has been made possible thanks to assistance from Midlothian Council.

The news has been welcomed by Margaret Burgess MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Housing and Welfare.

During a recent visit to Mayfield the minister saw for herself the work carried out over the past three years.

She said: “Tackling inequality is a priority for this government and I welcome the gains that have been made in improving housing conditions.”