Derek Vaughan MEP met with MP Mark Tami on Friday 13th January 2012 to see how funding from Europe is making a real difference in Deeside.
Mr Vaughan and Mr Tami visited the home of Shotton residents, Mr and Mrs Gould whose property has recently had major insulation work completed thanks to the ARBED Scheme.
The ARBED Programme is administered in the area by Flintshire County Council and supports the commitments of The Welsh Government to reduce climate change, help eradicate fuel poverty and boost economic development and regeneration in Wales.
Mr and Mrs Gould’s property along with 5 other properties were built around 1870 and had no insulation or double glazing making the homes difficult to heat with high fuel bills. Now following extensive work these homes have been brought up to modern energy efficiency standards.
The scheme is on-going and is already rolling out to other areas on the Deeside strip with another 10 properties in Connah’s Quay already underway.
The Welsh Government invested £30m into the first phase of ARBED, levering in an additional £31m. This equates to total investment of around £61m. Phase one of the programme funded measures in over 6000 households in Wales.
Now into Phase 2 the total budget available will be up to £45,000,000. This includes £33,000,000 European Regional Development Funds. The overall investment objectives of the ARBED phase 2 project are to:
- improve the energy efficiency of a minimum of 4800 existing homes in Wales by the end of 2015;
- reduce a minimum of 11.6 KTCO2 (Kilo tons of carbon dioxide) of greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2015.
Mark Tami said
"This is a fantastic scheme that not only serves to improve the energy efficiency of people’s homes but also lifts the character and appearance of the properties themselves. I look forward to many more properties in the area benefitting from this scheme."
Mrs Amanda Gould who lives at 69 Chester Road East said,
"All the work done has been marvelous and without a shadow of doubt my home is 100% warmer. I now rarely have the heating on and my bills are definitely on the way down."
Derek Vaughan said,
"I’m delighted to have the opportunity to see the work that has been done on Mr and Mrs Gould’s home and how funding from Europe has made this possible. The ARBED programme is doing an excellent job making homes warmer and cutting fuel bills right across Wales. It’s a great success."