Insulation ‘postcode lottery’ in Mayfield?

Angry residents of Langlaw Road
Angry residents of Langlaw Road

Residents are ‘‘up in arms’’ that no more homes in Mayfield will be entitled to the Scottish Government’s insulation scheme for free.

SERS Energy Solutions Group has been carrying out insulation work as part of the Scottish Government Universal Home Insulation Scheme, a partnership between Holyrood and Midlothian Council.

Janet Wylie (62) is among a group of residents living on Langlaw Road that attended Mayfield Community Council’s meeting last week seeking support on the matter. They were angry that they could have to pay up to £2,000.

She said: “They said that if we want our homes to be insulated we would have to take a loan on over 10 years.

“Half of Langlaw Road has been done for nothing and the other half has not.”

The council revealed it can no longer offer the insulation work, which costs up to £10,000 , for free, a spokesman said: “Over the past few years, almost 100 per cent of eligible home owners took up the offer. Up until the end of the last financial year – the beginning of April 2014 - we were able to cover 100 per cent of the costs thanks to various external funding sources.

“Now, however, we are only able to cover 85 per cent of installation costs as funding streams have tightened dramatically. So anyone who has signed up since April 2014 will be asked to contribute.”

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