Queens Green Canopy

The Chairman of North Horsham Parish Council, Cllr. Alan Britten was joined by fellow Councillors for the planting of a tree at Holbrook Tythe Barn, as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.

Cllrs Christian Mitchell and Peter Burgess represented Horsham District Council, who kindly donated the tree, in honour of the Platinum Jubilee of the late Queen Elizabeth II.

Cllr Britten said “The passing of her Majesty was met with sadness across the country, but initiatives such as the Queen’s Green Canopy have continued as a lasting tribute to Her Majesty’s extraordinary service to her country and her people. I am therefore honoured to represent North Horsham Parish Council as we play our small part in this national scheme”.

Could you be eligible for the Warmer Homes programme?

West Sussex County Council is urging residents not to miss out on funding to make their homes more energy efficient. The Government-funded Warmer Homes programme is offering energy efficiency measures such as insulation, solar panels and air source heat pumps to eligible households on a first come, first served basis.

The funding is available subject to eligibility, technical feasibility and your home’s energy efficiency rating shown on its Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). You must meet the following criteria to qualify: Your home has an EPC rating of E, F or G (limited funding is available for EPC D rated properties). And either: You have a total household annual income of £30,000 or less (before housing costs/bills) Or: You receive a means-tested benefit or meet additional eligibility criteria specified by your local authority (this is known as the ECO flexible eligibility ‘statement of intent’). Homes with a mains gas supply could receive up to £10,000 while those that are off gas could receive up to £25,000. Councillor Deborah Urquhart, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, said: “This is a significant opportunity for eligible residents to make changes at home that will have an impact on the twin challenge of rising energy costs and climate change. We would encourage our residents to take a close look at this opportunity and to pass on the information to friends and family they feel could qualify.”

The Warmer Homes programme is available to owner occupiers and private rental tenants only. If you are a private rental tenant, your landlord will be required to make a financial contribution. To apply online visit www.warmerhomes.org.uk/programme and click ‘apply now’. You can also call 0800 038 5737 to see whether you are eligible. ​   For further information please contact the news desk on 0330 222 8090 or email pressoffice@westsussex.gov.uk.

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