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 Photo-a-Day      (Thursday, 15th December, 2011) Views: 2,701 
Frederick Street goes solar
 Frederick Street goes solar   by Rev David Long  (Konica Minolta Dynax 7D)
Solar panels are being fitted to Wigan & Leigh Housing properties in Lower Ince. The pub in the background is the newly-reopened 'Rock Ferry' - since closure it has had brief spells as an Italian and as an Indian restaurant.

Comment by A parr Adelaide on 15th December 2011 at 01:58
Good to see solar panels in Wigan.I hope you get the sunshine to feed them. I have eight on our roof;and it save;s us a lot of money Must have cost the housing properties a mint;look at the house on the left'


Comment by Cyril on 15th December 2011 at 11:30
I bet the local inbreds and ferals can't wait to throw stones at those glass panels, well it just might take away their attention momentarily from kicking in the bus shelter windows.


Comment by WALH Resident on 15th December 2011 at 12:42
And before people start to moan, the cost of installation of the solar panels has not come from the council tax payer or local government but from the rent paying tenants of WALH!


Comment by tax payer on 15th December 2011 at 14:06
WALH resident
dont forget its us taxpayers thats subsidising rent payers in wigan
we have to pay £450+ per month to rent our homes
and cyril your right about the lads clodding bricks at the solar panels
but dont forget they are only kids having a bit of fun


Comment by peter on 15th December 2011 at 16:15
A Parr
i remember putting some solar panels up on a house up near mount barker whilst helping my son in law they were real crumpers, nearly did meself some damage.
they seem a neccesity out there


Comment by WALH Resident on 15th December 2011 at 16:27
FAO: ''Tax Payer'' ( of which I am too!!!! )

http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/council-housing-is-not-subsidised/798.thread


Comment by incer71 on 15th December 2011 at 18:09
regarding comment by so called tax payer you seem to think it is only people with a morgage who pay taxes and scoff at home inprovements on council properties, we all pay tax and i for 1 work on local authority propertys and wouldnt be able pay taxes only for improvments on council homes among others. your so called £450 per month is money well spent kind regards


Comment by penny2 on 15th December 2011 at 19:26
do rent paying tenants loose their homes like morgage payers do if they loose their jobs and cant afford the repayments ,just wondered.


Comment by Tax paying WALH resident on 15th December 2011 at 20:56
Yep there are plenty of WALH tenants who work and pay full taxes...


Comment by Phil Whitehead on 15th December 2011 at 21:07
There is a house near us in Hindley Green that has had Solar panels fitted.


Comment by Ken R on 15th December 2011 at 21:55
Rev. You seem to have hit a hornets nest. I am not familiar with WALH, could that be explained please.


Comment by josie on 15th December 2011 at 22:33
theire not pretty are they,i live in a bungalow in spring view hope they dont put them round here!!


Comment by David on 15th December 2011 at 23:06
Good idea if it can reduce your electricity bills,im all for it nobody looks up anyway.


Comment by Rev David Long on 15th December 2011 at 23:15
WALH = Wigan and Leigh Housing = the body which took control of the council housing within the Metropolitan Borough. A political necessity - local councils weren't allowed to build new homes (even with the money received from selling existing council houses to tenants) - but Housing Associations could. So many councils handed their properties over to "arms-length" organisations. They could then access income streams otherwise unavailable - grants from central government which saw much-needed improvements and repairs (new roofs, fences, windows, insulation, etc.) - and loans from the financial markets, on the same basis as Housing Associations, with which to build new houses. A mixed blessing, in my view. A bit like PFI - building on the never-never, but the interest, and therefore the rents, are sure to mount up.


Comment by incer71 on 16th December 2011 at 14:33
fao...penny2 of course people who rent properties are just as vunerable as morgage borrowing but that is why you take insurance with a morgage isnt it 'just wonderd'


Comment by geoff on 17th December 2011 at 21:14
Frederick St will always be William St
to me.


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