Dungannon community group one of first to join oil savings scheme

Members of Ballysaggart Community Association L-R Sally Coyle, Brian Boyle, Tony McNally and Sharon McAleer, at the An Seansiopa community centre in Lisnahull
Members of Ballysaggart Community Association L-R Sally Coyle, Brian Boyle, Tony McNally and Sharon McAleer, at the An Seansiopa community centre in Lisnahull

A community group in Dungannon is to become one of the first in the north to sign up to an initiative which aims to bring down the cost of fuel for its members.

It is understood around 20 people have signed up to the Oil Buying Club, which is being organised by the Housing Executive and Bryson Energy, to take in the Lisnahull, Ballysaggart and Springdale housing estates.

Committee members of the Ballysaggart Community Association, based at the An Seansiopa community centre in Lisnahull, have been distributing information leaflets about the initiative to local homes in recent weeks.

The scheme, details of which have also been given to oil heating companies in the Dungannon and surrounding areas, is expected to get underway soon.

Members of the Community Association spoke to the TIMES about the initiative.

Chairperson of the group, Tony McNally, explained: “This is a project which has been set up by Bryson Energy on behalf of the Housing Executive and it is open to people living in a 2 mile radius. That would take in housing estates including Lisnahull, Ballysaggart, Springdale and Lisnaree.

“The main benefit of this is to get cheaper oil for the community and it could be the case that we will not see the financial benefits straight away but more so in the longer term. There is a housing estate in Magherafelt and others in Greencastle and Belfast which have been up and running already, although we are the first area in the locality which has been approached to join the scheme.”

Anyone who would like details can call at An Seansiopa on Thursday mornings.