Heating hope for freezing families

Elaine and David Jackson, son Calum, aged three, and daughter Kirtsy, aged 19, of Darnall, who have been left without heating or hot water over Christmas.
Elaine and David Jackson, son Calum, aged three, and daughter Kirtsy, aged 19, of Darnall, who have been left without heating or hot water over Christmas.
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HEATING and hot water was due to be restored to about 25 Darnall households today – a week after it was cut off because of a burst underground pipe.

Sheffield Homes said it was doing ‘everything it could’ to ensure that residents on the Coleridge estate had their community heating back by today.

Families have been relying on heaters for warmth and boiling kettles for hot water to use for washing since the system broke down two days before Christmas.

Specialist contractors were on site yesterday locating the burst.

Mum Elaine Jackson, of Coleridge Gardens, said: “It was really cold Wednesday night with the wind.

“I put my little boy to bed, and the heater on in his room for a bit, but when he woke up in the morning he was freezing,

“I just hope it’s fixed soon.”

Sheffield Homes has given out heaters and worked throughout Christmas to find a contractor.

Janet Sharpe, Sheffield Homes assistant director for investment, said some residents had light heating back and all would be kept updated.

She said: “We’ve obviously done everything we can to try and repair the defects but we needed to get to pipework underneath the boiler to find out where the burst is and repair it as quickly as possible. All the materials are ready to repair it – we’re expecting to complete that by today and are doing everything we can to meet that timescale.”