Council may trial green heating in Mansfield

A new green heating system may be trialled in a Nottinghamshire town after councillors gave it the go-ahead.

Fifty-five properties in the New England Way area of Mansfield have been identified to test ground-source heating.

The technology works as pipes buried in the gardens extract heat from the ground.

The council said it will now consult people living in the area before deciding to go ahead with the trial.

The properties concerned are currently heated by the council's district heating scheme.

Fifteen schemes were installed in the Mansfield area more than 25 years ago, with three-quarters using coal fired boilers and the others gas.

Councillor Heather Henshaw, portfolio holder for housing at Mansfield District Council, said: "Some of the current district heating systems are getting tired and we have been working hard on plans for a long term replacement for sometime.

"We hope other householders in the district will also be able to see the benefits of this new type of heating at first hand and consider installing their own systems."

If the trial is successful, the authority would consider converting all 1,630 properties on the coal-powered heating schemes to ground source heating.

The authority said the new form of heating would cut CO2 emissions and reduce bills for tenants and homeowners.

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