YMCA’s £4,060 boost for new heating

The YMCA Montrose have received a cheque for �4060 from Angus Council Community Grant Scheme. It was handed over on Monday by councillores Mark Salmond and David May. A new super efficient heating system has been put in place with the cash. Pictured are, from left - Mr Salmond, Dr Tony Smith chairman, Val Cooper manager and Mr May.
The YMCA Montrose have received a cheque for �4060 from Angus Council Community Grant Scheme. It was handed over on Monday by councillores Mark Salmond and David May. A new super efficient heating system has been put in place with the cash. Pictured are, from left - Mr Salmond, Dr Tony Smith chairman, Val Cooper manager and Mr May.

A NEW heating system at the YM in Murray Street could see £500 slashed from the annual fuel bill of around £3,000.

Manager Val Cooper was overjoyed about the new boiler when the Review spoke to her yesterday (Tuesday).

And in particular she was full of praise for Angus Council’s external funding department, which had contributed £4,060 to the scheme. The Community Grant Scheme funding was handed over on Monday by Councillors David May and Mark Salmond.

Val explained that the new system will allow radiators to be operating only in areas which are in use. Upper floors can be isolated. Previously, when the heating came on, the entire building was heated.

Val said: “There were days when nobody was using the flat, yet it was being heated like the rest of the building. This was really wasteful.”

She added that she is happy that when Montrose Academy pupils are in for a cookery course, she can demonstrate that the economy they are taught is practised in the YM itself.

Those who know Val, and know the YM, are well aware that standing still is not an option. She said: “We learned we had the grant on October the 11th, and the boiler was installed by the 17th.”

She continued: “The secret is using local tradesmen. We do and the service is absolutely excellent!”