Some Gwersyllt residents are having to spend up to half their income on heating because of bureaucratic delays by Wrexham Council.
Bryn Awel Court, Gwersyllt, is one of the few blocks of flats in the County Borough with Economy 7 electrical heating, which is inefficient and expensive and increases the incidence of fuel poverty.
David Pritchard, of Bryn Awel Court, said:
“I look after my grandchildren but I can’t have them here in winter time because it’s too cold even though it costs me £30 a week to heat the flat, which is nearly half of what I earn.”
Gwersyllt West Councillor Arfon Jones has now called for council tenants on his ward to be compensated following delays in completing legal work to allow mains gas to be piped into Bryn Awel Court. Work to allow mains gas was first requested in September last year but were not completed until August this year, Wales and West Utilities were free to commence the work in August but have timetabled it for January 2013.
Cllr Jones said:
“It is disgrace that the council and Wales and West Utilities will have taken 15 months to sort out legal paperwork so that we can pipe gas from the mains into Bryn Awel Court. I was promised in February this year that mains gas would be installed by August this year. It’s not fair that tenants have to suffer another winter with inadequate and expensive sources of heating.”
“I have made a complaint to the council and they have agreed that lessons would be learnt, but that doesn’t help the tenants of Bryn Awel Court. The council and Wales and West Utilities are at fault and they should pay the tenants compensation for not dealing with what was a simple legal procedure in a timely manner.”