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Portable Boiler Drafted In To Keep Elderly Warm

Friday November 22 2013

A PORTABLE boiler has been drafted in to warm elderly residents who have struggled without heating since August 1.

Tenants of bungalows in Chapel Street and Elm Street in Hoyland Common cannot use their heating because of work by Berneslai Homes to install a new heating system.

It was supposed to be completed by October 30 but is still not finished and 29 homes and a community centre are affected.

Residents, especially those who are ill or bedridden, are feeling the effects as the weather gets colder.

Two are particularly vulnerable as they are receiving chemotherapy.

Elm Street resident Aileen Crouch, 65, has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which makes her wheezy and breathless.

She said: "Black mould is now growing in my bathroom because it's been so cold for so long. Berneslai gave us fan heaters but you can't put these in bathrooms.

"I've been going to my son's in Worsbrough for my tea and to get warm."

Chapel Street resident Keith Littlewood said the date when work would be finished kept getting pushed back - and the latest 'excuse' was a delay with the electricity company installing a cable.

He said: "Berneslai says we can have more fan heaters but it's cheaper and warmer to burn £10 notes than it is to run one of these.

"How can we afford it? What we need is efficient heaters and a subsidy to run them.

"Berneslai seems to think a 'whoops', a shrug of the shoulders and a 'sorry' is sufficient, based on the premise that if these residents are old they must be daft."

A Berneslai Homes spokesman said its contractor Keepmoat expected all works to be finished within the next month.

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Reply Posted by dawn on Friday November 22 2013 at 10:20
they should be ashamed of themselves they wouldnt let there parents live like that! look at the state of the walls there full of mould and damp that really will make them poorly!

Reply Posted by mary on Friday November 22 2013 at 10:28
Typical council they should foot the bill for heating while the work is being done. Its far too cold to be without and not fair to use the most costly form of heating. Its disgusting having not a care for the folks. Unbelievable.....

Reply Posted by Tommy on Friday November 22 2013 at 11:00
This disgraceful shambles reflects very badly on Berneslai Homes. How can they possibly merit the title of social landlord after their apparently heartless and thoughtless treatment of their elderly and sick tennants throughout this fiasco? Surely plans should have been in place for proper alternative heating, at the contractors expense, as soon as it was realised that the project would overrun it's original contracted timescale. Perhaps some senior heads should roll over this.

Reply Posted by sarah on Friday November 22 2013 at 12:02
This is my nan. i come down everyday to make sure she is warm enough i come down and see her sometimes with jumpers and dressing gown on. its disgusting. Its taking a toll on my nan shes always trying to get warm. although she has temporary heating now its still can be very cold especcialy at night now the winter is near. they need tp hurry up and sort it!

Reply Posted by milly on Friday November 22 2013 at 12:55
Well this is just disgusting, this day and age and these things are happening.
there seems to be no rush to sort this out, but if the shoe was on the other foot and it involved employees family friends etc the job would be finished!
Come on Berneslai Homes look after your elders, after all they did there utmost for you REMEMBER?

Reply Posted by Annie on Friday November 22 2013 at 13:33
In the year 2013 & with all the qualified workmen at Berneslai homes fingertips they can't even provide elderly & vulnerable tenants with heating, what a joke !
Hope Helen Jagger is nice & warm !

Reply Posted by Berneslai Homes on Friday November 22 2013 at 14:54
There has been a number of unforseen problems which have led to delays on this heating conversion scheme. We have apologised to our tenants for the inconvenience and have not charged tenants for heat and hot water since 5th August when the old solid fuel boiler was disconnected. Since this date tenants have had hot water but were issued with electric fan heaters to provide heating. It has unfortunately taken longer for our contractor to get the ground source heating boiler fully operational. As the weather has changed we have now installled a temporary gas boiler to supply heating to all properties. This will stay in place until the ground source heating is fully operational. All tenants on the scheme now have full heating and hot water in their homes.

Reply Posted by annie on Friday November 22 2013 at 16:14
Will you be paying their electricity bills ? due to you supplying the most expensive form of portable heating, electric fan heaters ?

Reply Posted by Bfc1 on Saturday November 23 2013 at 09:37
I think people fail to realise that this ground source heating installation is being paid for by berneslai homes with no expense to the tenant. To supply 29 homes and a community centre will cost berneslai homes tens of thousands to supply and install and it will decrease to energy bills of the customer. If there were no problems and this job had all run smoothly I very much doubt that there would be an article praising all the work they have done. As soon as the work became behind schedule berneslai homes did all they could and out of their own pocket installed a gas central heating system as a temporary measure which would have also cost a lot of money to all be ripped out again when the work is completed. Keep moat are the ones to blame here, not berneslai homes they have done all they can.

Reply Posted by no brainer on Saturday November 23 2013 at 12:25
it,s paid for Berneslai homes are there are the landlords and its there responsibility to paying tenants to have the heating replaced,,

Reply Posted by annie on Sunday November 24 2013 at 11:03
Berneslai Homes has not paid for the ground source heat pump to be installed, they have received a grant for them to install eco friendly heating.
Keepmoat is a sub contractor for Berneslai Homes, therefore Berneslai Homes are responsible for Keepmoat, as BMBC are responsible for Berneslai Homes.
Berneslai Homes have not communicated well with the tenants, we have family that live there that are affected by this & we have it on good authority that there is 1 property that has no heating still.

Reply Posted by annie on Saturday November 23 2013 at 12:17

Do you work for Berneslai homes Bfc1 ?

Reply Posted by sally on Sunday November 24 2013 at 19:40
I wonder if the immigrants are sat in really cold conditions in council properties. I doubt they are. What an outcry there would be. Central government ought to give council authorities the billions they send overseas, charity begins at home, about time we looked after our own people. Its disgusting.

Reply Posted by Kerry on Monday November 25 2013 at 02:59
Foreigners don't get council properties since they don't qualify. Not straight away at least. There are certain requirements for them to meet. And believe me, working immigrants prefer to rent or to buy nice properties on new developments rather than waiting years in a line for a mold-ridden house on a antisocial estate from Berneslai Homes. The only way for someone to enjoy a full range of benefits include is to obtain British citizenship. And that can take years too depending on circumstances.

Reply Posted by above post by christine kilkenny on Monday November 25 2013 at 08:05
Go away you imposter and jog on and on,,must be a sad life to be posting at 2.59 am ..

Reply Posted by Kerry on Monday November 25 2013 at 09:15
Still better than a typical resident of Barnsley who constantly complains about everything and everyone. Get on with your lives!

Reply Posted by Bfc1 on Monday November 25 2013 at 09:27
It still costs berneslai homes money to do it though. They are taking out heating systems which are still working. They have to pay maintenance on them and other costs. They do have a responsibility as a landlord and they are fulfilling it I think you a being a little hard on them.

Reply Posted by avril on Monday November 25 2013 at 20:27
This is defo discussing my nan is one of the 29 people with out and even though they have a temp heating it is still cold for her and she comes to mine to get out the cold I wish I could makebhwr stay at mine but she still goes home for her 2 cats witch I cant have at mine and who knows when its going to be connected to the earth boiler

Reply Posted by kay on Monday November 25 2013 at 20:45
My elderly parents live in the Hudson Haven bungalows in Wombwell and had so called eco heating installed by berneslai homes which no one can afford to use more than a couple of hrs a day its disgustin that old folk have to sit wrapped up in blankets cos theyre too scared to put the heatin on with no other alternative

Reply Posted by Tommy on Monday November 25 2013 at 21:12
Don't you just love the racists who blame everything on immigrants and overseas aid. The Daily Mail has such a lot to answer for. Unforseen problems are what contractors are paid to forsee, they should supply a price and completion date and make sure all tenants are happy and comfortable during the works.

Reply Posted by Bfc1 on Monday November 25 2013 at 21:49
I think keep pay are more to blame though as they are the ones that have mucked up an berneslai homes have done what they can to think of a temporary solution. If it's that bad rent private and see how much help you get then.

Reply Posted by SHUT UP BFC1 on Monday November 25 2013 at 21:53
keepmoat. what the heck you on about!

Reply Posted by Bfc1 on Monday November 25 2013 at 21:53
Keep moat *

Reply Posted by Bfc1 on Monday November 25 2013 at 21:54
It's called auto correct

Reply Posted by gob smacked on Monday November 25 2013 at 21:59
Bfc1 your a complete prat,these are old people who have done nothing wrong,these people need warm homes,this is what there pay for.why sould there rent private? grow up and stop been a complete tosser with your childish comments..

Reply Posted by Ray on Monday November 25 2013 at 22:07
Regardless Bernslai homes are responsible you clown. If I have a problem I go to the organ grinder not the monkey. This is the problem with Barnsley Council thee days - the constant diminished responsibility. BMBC it's not our fault it's Bernslai homes, Bernslai Homes, no not our fault it's keepmoat we did everything we could. If the residents don't get paid one month can they turn round and blame their employers?

Reply Posted by ray on Monday November 25 2013 at 22:08
When they don't pay their rent?

Reply Posted by Agree with bfc1 on Monday November 25 2013 at 22:13
Only person here talking sense is bfc1, I'm sure all the people have a right to refuse work done by berneslai homes and/or it's contractors but no one did because they want to pay less in energy bills but can't afford the thousands that it cost to get them installed themselves privately which is 100% understandable, now there as been a set back with the works which berneslai homes as admitted to and the have installed an temporary solution until it is sorted, what else can they do?

Reply Posted by well said ray on Monday November 25 2013 at 22:14
Bfc1 is surely a spokesperson for bernslai homes,can;t see no wrong,take your rose tinted glasses off and you will see that Berslai homes collect rents from these tenants and have a duty to provide good warm homes,and kick keep moat up the arse and make sure the job is completed on time.

Reply Posted by Bfc1 on Monday November 25 2013 at 22:02
I'm not saying they have done anything wrong! Accidents happen and they provided a temporary solution. It's not as hot as the surface of the sun so it's not good enough please tell me what are berneslai homes expected to do?!

Reply Posted by Bfc1 on Monday November 25 2013 at 22:15
Thankyou! Someone that sees sense.

Reply Posted by Bfc1 on Monday November 25 2013 at 22:19
I'm not a spokesperson for berneslai homes I just know that rent is well under the national average compared to what I pay and the services I receive from my landlord and they are way infront with the Eco installations which cost a lot of money

Reply Posted by Collet on Monday November 25 2013 at 23:13
Only people to blame, is the planers would anybody in there right minds,decide to change heating systems at the start of winter,not me,?I don't suppose the Councillors are claiming any victories either plus the fact every body will still vote Labour even those that have been let down.!

Reply Posted by Bfc1 on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 07:44
It says works commenced in august that's hardly the start of winter

Reply Posted by Big on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 08:19
Bfc1 > I bet you can go to work now and tell bernslai homes bosses how a great job you have done on WAB,defending there corner..a few more brownie points for the brown tongue brigade!

Reply Posted by Bfc1 on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 08:46
I don't work for berneslai homes! I was merely saying they have done what they can I don't know what people want they're not miracle workers! Everyone is entitled to an opinion!

Reply Posted by avril on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 10:10
Bfc1 this work started befor August started in April I know this as my nan is one of of the 29 people who ate affected

Reply Posted by lyn on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 10:15
To keep 29 homes warm the old boiler should of been left in and a new boiler house built for the earth boiler. ..... there for if this was done we would still be paying for the old heating system witch was cheaper to pay for then the electric fan heaters

Reply Posted by annie on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 16:24
Work started beginning of April with one cock up after the other, this is not the only thing that has gone wrong with this installation its a miracle that no workmen have been killed due to their unsafe working procedures and kids playing in the site at night, due to the contractor not securing the site correctly.
The contractors done give a damn for the tenants, starting work too early waking tenants up, whilst putting their feet through a tenants ceiling twice, then taking 14 weeks for them to repair the ceiling.
There is still 1 property with no heating at all, Berneslai Homes tell lies !
This project is far from over, tenants are not happy & it is an expensive form of heating to run once its installed.

Reply Posted by avril on Wednesday November 27 2013 at 20:35
Well said annie it all been a complete mess and no one is saying anything to the 29 people other than just fobing them off

Reply Posted by annie on Monday December 2 2013 at 12:31
It just keeps getting worse, one half of the street has no heating at all now & one of the tenants is going to a café on a morning to keep warm & one tenant has now moved out permanently. Lets pray no-one dies from Hypothermia this winter.
The Keepmoat workmen hurled abuse at one couple last week, getting out of hand.com !

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