More than £3,000 worth of stamps for a fuel savings scheme are being sold weekly throughout the borough of Limavady, it has been reported.
The Roe Valley fuel stamp saving scheme started at the beginning of 2012.Funded by the Public Health Agency and Limavady Borough Council, the initiative is delivered by Limavady Community Development Initiative (LCDI).
LCDI Manager Damien Corr says the scheme has “proved consistently successful” since its launch.
“The scheme is now established as a very effective way of budgeting for home heating oil and other fuels,” he said on Friday. “With the help of local retailers, £3,400 worth of stamps are being sold every week right across the borough. In these straitened times many of us find it difficult to come up with £300 - £600 for a delivery of oil and this budgeting scheme has proved very attractive to people from all walks of life”.
Mr. Corr said results from a satisfaction survey commissioned last year, scheme users returned a 100% satisfaction rating and said that they would recommend the service.
LCDI are urging people to consider using the scheme, urging them to remember last winter and not to get caught out.
“Now is a good time to stockpile your fuel stamps,” said Mr. Corr. “When the cold snap hits you will have saved enough to pay for the oil”.
Limavady Mayor, SDLP councillor Gerry Mullan encouraged everyone to consider fuel stamps.
“The soaring cost of heating oil and other household fuel is something that affects the whole community, and this scheme is a fantastic way of preparing for winter”,” said Mayor. Mullan, adding he is delighted the scheme has been embraced by people from right across the borough.
The mayor praised the continued involvement of the local retailers who pay for the stamps up front and do not make one single penny profit from the scheme.
Speaking at the Spar Shop in Bovalley, the latest retailer to join the scheme, the mayor added; “Without the commitment from the retailers, the oil companies and LCDI, the scheme could not succeed, and all concerned should be very proud of themselves.”
Brian Quigg from Bovalley Spar on Edenmore Road said he was happy to hear that the scheme was doing so well.
“Our shop is an important part of the community and we are pleased to be able to offer this excellent service to our customers,” said Mr. Quigg.
Mr Corr said the concept is simple. Customers buy the £5 stamps and save them on a card. When they want to; they exchange the card for fuel. Details of the scheme are listed at lcdi.co.uk/fuelscheme or call LCDI at 77769160.