Mark secures Adjourment Debate about failed insulation scheme affecting Fishwick Residents(October 19, 2018)
Mark has been successful in securing an adjournment debate in the House of Commons on 24th October, to question Ministers about a failed insulation scheme affecting residents in the Fishwick area of Preston.
The external wall installation known as the Fishwick 247 Scheme was put in place by Intergen using a levy from energy companies and the installation work was contracted out to Ecogen Renewables. Energy companies were obliged to deliver energy saving measures to domestic customers in specific low income areas.
Works commenced on properties in the Fishwick area in January 2013 and were completed several months later in June 2013. Ecogen however went into liquidation in October 2013 leaving householders and residents with substantial damage to some properties and no recourse to remedial works.
The issue was first raised with the MP by concerned residents at a public meeting on 5th February 2016. Residents reported damp, crumbling cladding, mould, rising energy costs and water seeping into the properties following work carried out by contractors, Ecogen Renewables.
The extent of the problem has made living conditions incredibly difficult for affected residents. Some residents report being forced to move out, not being able to open windows, respiratory problems and spending large sums of money on redecorating.
Mark referred the matter to OFGEM, the regulatory body for energy consumers in a bid for provide the funds necessary to carry out remedial works. Sir Mark has also raised the issue with government departments, DECC (Department of Energy & Climate Change), the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) over the past two years since becoming involved with the residents battle.
The installation work was carried out on 387 properties in Fishwick. The remedial work was divided into two phases with 62 properties initially identified as needing remedial work in Phase 1. BEIS had advised that the remedial works on the properties in Phase 1 were due to be completed in the summer, however residents have reported that the work remains unsatisfactory.
The debate will take place at the end of business in the Chamber of the House of Commons. BEIS Minister, Claire Perry MP is expected to respond on behalf of the government.
Update: Read the full text of the speech and the Minister's response here.