Durham councillor's energy concerns

Darlington and Stockton Times: Councillor Mark Wilkes Councillor Mark Wilkes

A COUNCILLOR is unhappy at how a council has promoted an energy discount scheme.

Liberal Democrat Mark Wilkes has made a number of criticisms of Durham County Council’s work advertising the Government’s Warm Home Discount scheme.

Councillor Wilkes said the Labour-led council took months to write to people eligible for up to £135 off their electricity bill and when it finally did, the letter contained mistakes.

Stuart Timmiss, the council’s head of planning and assets, said the authority had been waiting for information from the Energy Saving Trust and the document Coun Wilkes had seen was a very early draft and he was aware of that.

A revised letter has now been sent to 11,000 households across the county.

Mr Timmiss said the council’s record in the area was superb and some fantastic work was being done.

For more information on the Warm Home Discount scheme, visit gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme

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6:00pm Fri 7 Feb 14

roaduser98 says...

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Mr Timmiss said the council’s record in the area was superb and some fantastic work was being done.

Well done! Can you tell us all where this 'fantastic work' took place?
Mr Timmiss's job title should be revised to reflect his admiration for all this work with nothing to show for it. Is this really an area of expertise for head of planning and assets? Maybe he should stick to what he knows and keep giving more new housing planning applications the 'accepted' rubber stamp.
Totally ignoring the concerns of local residents who are affected by the continued over development of the area.
Quote: Mr Timmiss said the council’s record in the area was superb and some fantastic work was being done. Well done! Can you tell us all where this 'fantastic work' took place? Mr Timmiss's job title should be revised to reflect his admiration for all this work with nothing to show for it. Is this really an area of expertise for head of planning and assets? Maybe he should stick to what he knows and keep giving more new housing planning applications the 'accepted' rubber stamp. Totally ignoring the concerns of local residents who are affected by the continued over development of the area. roaduser98

11:34pm Fri 7 Feb 14

DURHAM CITY says...

Well Done Councillor Wilkes fighting hard for Local residents it is shocking the council have only recently put this on there website and as for that pathetic waste of money (Durham County Council news Rag). Get a grip Durham County Council is there any Labour Councillors out there fighting for the residents or are they all in hiding because its a bit cold and damp at the moment. Keep up the pressure Councillor Wilkes
Well Done Councillor Wilkes fighting hard for Local residents it is shocking the council have only recently put this on there website and as for that pathetic waste of money (Durham County Council news Rag). Get a grip Durham County Council is there any Labour Councillors out there fighting for the residents or are they all in hiding because its a bit cold and damp at the moment. Keep up the pressure Councillor Wilkes DURHAM CITY

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