The five-month heating shut-off experienced by thousands of north London council tenants and leaseholders could be a thing of the past following a Finsbury pensioner’s petition, the Islington Gazette has reported.
Resident Jo White collected 277 signatures against the council’s policy of turning off central heating for five months of the year.
Ms White, 65, collected signatures of residents living on the King’s Square Estate off Goswell Road, who said they would be happy to pay more to stop the council switching off their central heating from mid spring to early autumn.
The petition also takes issue with the council turning off the heat at night, which has reportedly led some tenants and private leaseholders to desperate and dangerous measures like leaving their ovens and hobs on while asleep to keep warm.
The town hall has now said it will hold a consultation on central heating later this year, following previous complaints about the fact that council tenants are currently charged far more than leaseholders for heating.
Islington Council said it would hold a consultation on the communal heating system later this year.