Hillary Close in Stamford gets a heating upgrade

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A council has spent more than £80,000 on a new heating system to keep residents at a sheltered housing complex warm.

South Kesteven District Council carried out the work at Hillary Close in Stamford through its contractor Liberty Gas.

The company replaced boilers at the complex in 2011 but the council did not have enough money to replace heating equipment in individual homes.

The money was found in this financial year though, and the work was completed last week.

The council’s executive manager for property Neil Cucksey said: “The work at the supported housing complex was done in two phases to effectively manage budgets. The boilers were replaced in 2011 and we have now been able to replace the individual cylinders in each property.

“We hope that these improvements will be welcomed by the tenants.”

The council had to provide fan heaters to some tenants during the work to replace the heating cylinders.

Derek Featherstone, 92, said he was without central heating for almost the whole of December while work was carried out, although it is working fine now.

He was given an electric heater by the council while his central heating was not working.

“I was very cold,” he said. “In the daytime I was having to sit here with a fur-lined coat on and drink plenty of tea and coffee.”

Mr Featherstone was away over Christmas and returned home on December 27.

He added: “My heating is sorted now.”