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The next scheduled Ordinary Stoke Ferry Parish Council meetings will take place on
Wednesday 15th November 2023 at 7pm in Stoke Ferry Village Hall
No meeting in December
Wednesday 17th January 2024 at 7pm in Stoke Ferry Village Hall
Wednesday 21st February 2024 at 7pm in Stoke Ferry Village Hall
Wednesday 20th March 2024 at 7pm in Stoke Ferry Village Hall
Wednesday 17th April 2024 at 7pm Stoke Ferry Village Hall
Wednesday 15th May 2024 at 7pm Stoke Ferry Village Hall (including Annual Parish Meeting and Annual Meeting of the Parish Council)
The agenda will be published on this website at least three clear days before the meeting.
Future meeting dates (All Wednesdays – Third Wednesday of each month) (including Annual Meeting Parish Meeting and Annual Meeting of the Parish Council)
Information from the recent Beat the Bills Roadshow
Some schemes available to help with home energy costs
Energy Company Obligation (ECO) 4
ECO 4 is the fourth stage of the governments Energy Company Obligation scheme which runs until 2026. The primary goal of the grant is to support low-income households who are unable to upgrade their homes and heating systems.
The scheme takes a fabric first approach through focusing on the building itself before installing new heating systems. ECO 4 framework actually shows a specific interest in insulating solid walls, aiming to carry out up to 22,000 solid wall insulation installations each year.
Applications for this scheme can be made directly through one of the following energy companies who will determine a households eligibility for fully funded improvements. These include:
- British Gas
- ESB Energy
- Octopus Energy
- Outfox The Market
- OVO Energy
- Scottish Power
- Shell Energy
- SO Energy
- The Co-Operative Energy
- The Utility Warehouse
- Utilita Energy
Typically a household will be eligible for improvements if they are in receipt of benefits such as Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support, Universal Credit etc…
More information on ECO 4 can be found through the following links:
Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Flexible Eligibility
ECO 4 has enabled the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk to identify the most vulnerable households who could benefit from energy efficiency improvements. This scheme is called ECO Flexible Eligibility and is outlined in the following Statement of Intent – https://www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/5197/eco_flexibility_eligibility_statement_of_intent.pdf
The four routes of qualification outlined in the Statement of Intent are as follows:
- Collective household income below £31,000 per annum
- Households in receipt of certain benefits/proxies
- NHS professional & GP referrals (following the council identifying a link between certain health conditions and cold homes)
- Bespoke Targeting
*These routes are detailed further within the Statement of Intent.
If an application is successful, a declaration of eligibility will be issued to the dwelling or chosen retrofit installer which will enable the release of funding to accommodate these works.
Further information will be provided to the household upon the declaration be issued.
Please contact Jacob.Medlock@West-Norfolk.gov.uk for further information.
Home Upgrade Grant (HUG) 2
HUG 2 funds energy efficiency upgrades and clean heating systems in low-income households. The scheme targets the worst quality (EPC band D-G), off-gas grid homes in England, to tackle fuel poverty and progress towards the UK’s 2050 Net Zero commitment through the implementation of full house retrofits.
King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, North Norfolk, Broadland & South Norfolk and Breckland councils are implementing HUG 2 through Norfolk Warm Homes.
Households sitting within Income Deciles 1-3 in Indices of Multiple Deprivation are automatically eligible for this scheme, along with households that are in receipt of certain benefits and those that have a collective income of under £31,000 per annum.
This scheme runs until 2026 and more information can be found through the Norfolk Warm Homes website – Norfolk Warm Homes
Please contact Jacob.Medlock@West-Norfolk.gov.uk for further information.
Connected for Warmth (CFW)
Connected for Warmth installs singular heating and insulation measures into homes across the United Kingdom.
Although the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk isn’t directly involved with this scheme, households are referred to Connected for Warmth if proven to be ineligible for schemes such as ECO 4 & HUG 2.
Households are automatically eligible for the scheme so long as the dwelling in question falls withing Council Tax bands A-D.
Further information on CFW can be found through the following link – Fully funded energy efficiency measures | Connected for Warmth
Great British Insulation Scheme (GBIS)
The GBIS is a new government energy efficiency scheme (formerly known as ECO+) that will be administered by Ofgem. It is designed to deliver improvements to the least energy-efficient hones in Great Britain to tackle fuel poverty and help reduce energy bills.
The scheme complements the ECO 4 scheme, yet unlike ECO 4’s whole house approach, this scheme will mostly deliver singular insulation measures.
As well as supporting low-income and vulnerable households, it will also be available to those living in homes with an EPC of D-G and within Council Tax bands A-D.
GBIS is still in it’s infancy so please contact Jacob.Medlock@West-Norfolk.gov.uk for further information.
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Stoke Ferry Neighbourhood Plan referendum 24 August
Residents of Stoke Ferry will being able to have their say about the proposed Neighbourhood Plan for their area on 24 August.
The Stoke Ferry Neighbourhood Plan has gone through a rigorous process over the past 5 years, since Stoke Ferry Parish Council first took the decision to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan in autumn 2018.
Following around four years of development, the plan was submitted to the borough council in August 2022 and has subsequently undergone an independent examination. In May, the independent examiner passed it to proceed to referendum, subject to a number of changes.
The referendum is the final stage of the plan-making process, which will allow the Neighbourhood Plan to be adopted, if supported by a majority (50% or more) of voters in the referendum.
Voting in the referendum will take place at Stoke Ferry Stoke Ferry Community Centre, Wretton Road, PE33 9QJ on 24 August between 7.00am and 10.00pm.
Counting will take place on 25 August and the result of the referendum is expected to be announced soon after noon on 25 August.
All adults aged 18 or over on 24 August who are resident in Stoke Ferry and who are registered to vote will be eligible to vote in the referendum.
Stoke Ferry Neighbourhood Plan
The referendum date for the Stoke Ferry Neighbourhood Plan 2022-2036 has been set for 24 August 2023. The referendum will be held on Thursday, 24 August 2023, to decide on the following question:
Do you want the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Stoke Ferry to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?
Visit the Borough Council on King’s Lynn and West Norfolk for more information. Click Here.
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