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PEOPLE could find their heating bills slashed this winter
as they connect into the gas network for the first time.
And there is
the prospect of piped gas becoming available in villages such
as Leswalt, Portpatrick and Glenluce in the longer term. Around
500 households in Ochtrelure and homes to the east of McMaster's
Road have never been able to opt for gas because mains were
never laid to those areas.
Now, E. S. Pipelines,
a Surrey-based company, have applied for a licence to extend
the existing network. And they claim that the cost of connection
could be as low as £300 per house - a sum that could be saved
in as little as a year in reduced heating and cooking costs.
This week, Councillor
Robert Higgins, who has fought a long-campaign for such a
at last that my dream is coming to fruition".
A survey to
ascertain likely demand will start soon. If around half of
the householders sign up initially, that would be enough to
trigger the £500,000 scheme. Ultimate aim would be to supply
75 per cent of the homes within five years with an average
of 750 therms of gas a year.