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Meeting of the Executive held on 13/11/2001
HOUSING REVENUE ACCOUNT - PLANNED MAINTENANCE 2001-2002 REPLACEMENT HEATING TO A DWELLING AT HASCOMBE



The purpose of this report is to seek Committee approval to submit a planning application for the siting of a liquid petroleum gas tank at a dwelling in Hascombe to enable the installation of a gas fired space heating and hot water system.

There are resource implications contained within this report.
APPENDIX L

WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – 13TH NOVEMBER 2001



Title:
HOUSING REVENUE ACCOUNT
PLANNED MAINTENANCE 2001 - 2002
REPLACEMENT HEATING TO A DWELLING AT HASCOMBE

[Wards Affected: Busbridge,
Hambledon and Hascombe]


Note pursuant to Section 100B(5) of the Local Government Act 1972

The (Exempt) Annexe to this report contains exempt information by virtue of which the public is likely to be excluded during the item to which the report relates as specified in Paragraphs 8 and 9 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, viz:-



Summary and Purpose

The purpose of this report is to seek Committee approval to submit a planning application for the siting of a liquid petroleum gas tank at a dwelling in Hascombe to enable the installation of a gas fired space heating and hot water system.

There are resource implications contained within this report.



Introduction and Background

1. The Council has a policy of installing gas fired central heating systems where natural gas is available via the national network.

2. However, much of the south eastern part of the Borough is not included in the national network of natural gas supply and the Council’s dwellings in that area have a variety of systems using other fuels e.g. electricity, solid fuel and oil.

3. A dwelling in Hascombe (identified in (Exempt) Annexe 1) has an electric system comprising of hot water storage and traditional “wet” radiators. This is an unusual arrangement and, to the best of your officers’ knowledge, is the only system of this type that exists in Council owned property. 4. The heating side of the system is no longer functioning and spare parts are no longer available.

Proposals

5. As mentioned earlier in the report natural gas in not available to many tenants living in the south east of the Borough. During the course of the next few years current heating and hot water systems in those areas will need to be replaced. In order to provide tenants with the most efficient, flexible and affordable systems to run Officers feel that alternatives to the previously used solutions should be piloted in order to formulate the necessary strategy for future large scale renewal programmes.

6. Gas provides the most economic solution and has the benefit over electricity of being able to be used at any time during the day at a fixed unit rate i.e. electric off-peak is only available during certain periods. Solid fuel central heating systems require constant monitoring to ensure that there is an adequate supply of fuel available in the combustion chamber, require large volume storage and can be inflexible in use.

7. Officers have spoken to the tenant and explained the various options available. The tenant’s choice is a gas fired “wet radiator” system using LPG.

8. LPG systems require storage for the gas and this is achieved by the installation of a storage tank. However, storage tanks of this type require Planning Permission.

9. If the proposals are approved it would be the intention for the Council to purchase the storage tank rather than rent or lease. This would mean that the tenant would not be tied to a single gas supplier and would be able to seek the most competitive rate for the gas.

10. Being a gas installation the maintenance and servicing aspects would be covered by the Council’s general gas servicing and maintenance contract currently in place.

Monitoring

11. Officers see this very much as a pilot scheme and the intention is to regularly liaise with the tenant in order highlight any problems, measure the system performance and customer satisfaction.

Resource Implications

12. This system will be more expensive to install compared with traditional natural gas installations due to the cost of the tank and the “one-off” nature of the installation i.e. no economies of scale. However, the estimated cost, identified in (Exempt) Annexe 1, can be met from within the approved HRA Programmed Maintenance (MRA) budget provision for 2001/2002.

Recommendation

It is recommended that:-


Background Papers (DoH)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.



CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Mr P Fry Telephone: (01252) 738311
E-mail: pfry@waverley.gov.uk