Blue Christmas for tenants paying 09:58, 23 DEC 2016Updated10:45, 23 DEC 2016Cliffs high rises in Stockbridge Village People living in high rise flats resorted to hanging around in Asda to keep warm after a new fuel system left them paying up to every two weeks for heating.
One resident of a flat in Stockbridge Village told the ECHO he was paying an hour to heat his home despite it costing a week before a new biomass system was introduced at the end of October. According to a ward councillor the owners of the flats Villages Housing Association responded to complaints by suggesting: "They must pay more if they want more heat". Peter Smith is a resident at the Cliffs and the Craigs properties and lives on the 13th floor with his partner who is 18 weeks pregnant. He said: "This whole fiasco has been a joke since day one. We may as well burn the money we are putting in it, it would keep us warmer. "The system fails to heat the flat and when it's on maximum setting it eats money up, I have seen my system using per hour for the slightest increase in cheap burberry sale outlet temperature." 82 year old widow scammed out of life savings by phone fraudsters Peter said both he and his partner are struggling even though they work full time and he feels for the pensioners in the block. He added: "This whole project was supposed to 'alleviate fuel poverty' but so far all they have done is increase it. I have put nearly into my system since the end of October." Stockbridge Cllr Dennis Baum (Lab) says residents at the buildings have been 'going to the library to keep warm' or 'buying a cup of tea to spend hours in Asda' because they cannot afford to heat their homes. Cllr where can i find a burberry outlet Baum, asked Villages to suspend the billing system over Christmas but was refused. He said: "Villages have known about these problems for months but they send contractors out who have done nothing and just give advice to residents to turn up their heating. "The thermostat is too close to the boiler so it gives a false reading. burberry sale outlet Apparently the system is very good, but it has been installed so badly." Cllr Baum and Cllr John Donnelly met with representatives from Villages and the ForViva Group who look after the properties.
Richard Donnelly, who lives in the flats, was also at the meeting and has been helping residents at the properties burberry designer outlet 'regulate their heating system'. A number of tenants have publicly thanked him on social media for his help but Cllr Baum said Richard had been threatened with legal action by Villages for tampering with the system.
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