Fuel Stamp Scheme can help residents with fuel payments

THE Coleraine Fuel Stamp Scheme was launched in June 2007 to help residents using central heating oil, to budget for fuel payments.

The scheme is operated across the Coleraine Borough Council area and is administered by local representatives of St Vincent de Paul with support from Coleraine Borough Council and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

Fuel poverty remains a prominent problem within the Coleraine area and is being targeted through various schemes currently being delivered such as the Warm Homes and the Warmer Ways to Better Health initiatives.

Those most vulnerable to the cold are older people, those with young children, and those with a disability. The causes are inadequate heating systems, poorly insulated ordraughty homes, a cold climate, exceptionally cold weather, special heating needs, a need for higher temperatures, low income, and a lack of access to economic fuel.

Oil stamp savings cards and £5 oil stamps are available from participating retailers across the borough. The stamps are collected on a card (also available from the retailers).

The stamps will then be accepted as payment by all the participating oil distributors with each card holding 30 stamps.

The number of stamps available for purchased is unlimited, helping residents to spread the cost of oil over several weeks and months.

This project is aimed at helping families and individuals that are most at need and are finding it difficult to pay for fuel. By joining the saving scheme, residents will be able to budget on a weekly basis for the cost of heating oil and avoid having to purchase very costly drums of oil on an ad hoc basis.

For further information on this scheme please call Citizens Advice on 02870344817.

You can buy your stamps at:

Articlave & Castlerock

Costcutters, 1 Sconce Road, Articlave

Costcutters, 4 Main Street, Castlerock

Exorna Shop & Petrol Station, 170 Musseden Road, Castlerock

Coleraine Credit Union Office, Abbey Street,

Coleraine Harpur’s Hill Spar & Post Office, 158 Ballycastle Road,

Coleraine Spar, 1 Newmills Road, Coleraine Spar, Millburn Road, Coleraine Spar, Castlerock Road, Coleraine Vivo, Knocklynn , Mountsandel

Tesco, 2 Bannfield,

Coleraine Ivan Wilson Petrol Station, Dunhill Road,

Coleraine Ballysally News, 60 Daneshill Road,

Coleraine Ballysally Community Centre, Ballysally,

Coleraine Sainsbury’s, Riverside Park,

Coleraine Garvagh Euro Spar, 1 Main Street, Garvagh Spar, 69 Main Street, Garvagh

Kilrea Credit Union, Kilrea St Vincent de Paul Shop, 52 Maghera Street,

Kilrea Spar, 26 Garvagh Rd, Kilrea

Macosquin Costcutters, Macosquin

Portrush Euro Spar, Hillcrest,

Portrush Card Shop @ Post Office, Portrush

Portstewart Post Office, 90 The Promenade, Portstewart

Larkhill Post Office, 171 Coleraine Rd, Coleraine

You can buy your oil at:

Kelly Fuels, 40 Northbrook Ind Estate, Coleraine

028 7034 2283

Nicholl Fuels, 176 Clooney Road, Greysteel

028 7181 0471

AH Fuels, Portstewart

028 7083 3131

Ivan Wilson Fuel Supplies, Screen Road, Coleraine

028 7034 4045

Bradley Fuels, 40 Tirkeeran Road, Garvagh

028 2955 7373

Gilmore Fuels, 21 Beresford Avenue, Coleraine

028 7035 4006

Henderson Fuels, 36 Cranagh Road, Coleraine

028 7035 5980

Hunter Fuels, 16 Ardillion Road, Castlerock

028 7084 8143

Star Fuels, Glasgort Road, Aghadowey

0800 525 245 028 7086 8611

Toner Fuel Oils, The Diamond, Kilrea

028 2954 0321

Trolan Oils, 36 Northbrook Ind. Estate, Coleraine

028 7035 8882

Convery Fuels, 184 Drumagarner Road, Kilrea

028 2954 0518

Bellarena Fuels, 36 Seacoast Road, Limavady

028 7775 0332

Uels Fuels, 82 Gateside Road, Coleraine

028 7082 1068

Fuel Services, Hillman’s Fancy, Coleraine

028 7034 4941

Blackmore Fuels, 47E Castle Street, Ballycastle

028 2076 2266

North Antrim Fuels, 2 Burnquarter Lane, Ballymoney

028 2766 9878

Deighan Fuels, 49 Main Street, Limavady

028 7775 0284

Coal & Oil Services, Carrakeel Industrial Estate, Campsie

028 7186 1868

For further information and copies of the full list of participating stamp retailers and fuel suppliers, please contact the Energy Efficiency Adviser at Coleraine Borough Council on: 028 7034 7171