Insulation scheme is a hit

Aberdeenshire Council is set to bid for a share of £12million in funding from the Scottish Government’s Universal Home Insulation Scheme for projects in the area.

Members of Aberdeenshire Council’s Social Work and Housing Committee recently received a report detailing the success of previous schemes in Peterhead and Fraserburgh.

Residents in both towns took advantage of free loft and cavity wall insulation under the Scottish Government’s Universal Home Insulation Scheme which was brought forward in conjunction with SCARF (Save Cash and Reduce Fuel).

The local authority submitted a joint bid with SCARF and received £650,000 in funding that has led to over 1,400 privately owned households in Fraserburgh and Peterhead receiving free loft and/or cavity wall insulation.

Mr Smith (78), from Peterhead, said: “I am more than happy. Without this scheme I would not have had this work done. We notice a small difference already but will hopefully see a big difference this winter and be able to cut the cost of our gas and electric bills.”

Barbara Morrison (64), from Fraserburgh, echoed those sentiments, adding: “The work has been done to a good standard with minimal inconvenience, men who fitted loft were very nice and left no mess.

“Next winter I hope to be nice and warm for less money.”

The Scottish Government has announced that more funding will be available this year for local authorities to bid for.

Aberdeenshire Council will prepare a bid for part of this funding to offer free insulation to private households in north Aberdeenshire.

Further information will be available when the bid is complete, however the authority anticipates the scheme to be similar to the previous Buchan projects.