|Friday 16 October 1998|
Christchurch City Council Clean Air and Energy Efficiency Programme has this week approved its one thousandth grant. The 1000th grant has gone to a landlord, Mrs Louise Kish, installing instead a budget electrical appliance for her tenant Charlene, a solo mother.
"The conversion of the one thousandth open fire place to a non-polluting form of heating is a milestone worth celebrating, says Councillor David Close. Achieving 1000 conversions in the first five months shows that achieving 10,000 conversions over four to five years is a realistic goal", he said.
"The Council is grateful to the home heating suppliers and contractors who have co-operated enthusiastically with the Council in the programme. We hope many other Landlords will take up the opportunity to install non-polluting, cost-effective heating for the benefit of their tenants," says Councillor Close.
Mike Gaudin, the Helping Hand for Heating administrator is pleased that the scheme has reached 1000 residents, and that the 1000th grant has gone to a landlord. "This shows that the grant is not just available to owner occupier dwellings."
Louise Kish is an active member of the Property Investors Society and has been quite vocal in support of the anti-smog campaign and how landlords can improve home environments of tenants at little cost. She believes these sorts of measures can improve tenant loyalty and rental attractiveness, and has undertaken three installations in her properties. Louise has also said it allows low income tenants to save money on heating and make for a better environment.
For further information contact
Councillor David Close phone 388-0151 (hm), 371-1563 (Council)
Mike Gaudin, Programme Administrator phone 372-2433
Or see the Clean Air and Energy Efficiency Programme on the web.