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Islington Council tenants denied summer central heating

A petition signed by more than 300 estate tenants asking for the central heating to be left on over the summer has been knocked down by Islington Council, Islington Gazette has reported.

Jo White, 65, who lives at Turnpike House in Goswell Road, collected the signatures by going door to door on the King’s Square estate speaking to residents who said they would be happy to pay more to be able to use the heating all year round.

But when Ms White asked the town hall’s executive member for housing Cllr James Murray if he would consider leaving the heating on, he said that the majority of council tenants were in favour of them switching off the heating in the summer months.

Speaking at last week’s full council meeting, Cllr Murray said: “We wrote to all tenants and heard back from them recently.

“Broadly speaking, people don’t want it on from June to September. However, one of the more subtle points is that the some of our buildings have poor insulation and do not retain any heat.

“We’re trying to work out whether there’s a fair way to resolve this.”

He also confirmed that more than 3,000 tenants would receive a rebate after being overcharged for their heating last year.

But Ms White said the rebate she received of £77 would be enough to pay to keep the heating on for the summer.

The council’s communal heating system was heavily criticised in February after it emerged that some council tenants were paying hundreds more in heating bills than leaseholders living on the same estates.

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