Ever wondered how gas gets to your home? Or how the money you pay on your gas bill is spent? Now’s the chance to find out at a fun gas roadshow in Leicester this Friday (19 July).
- Free gas fun roadshow in St Peter’s Square, Leicester, on Friday 19 July
- Residents invited to have their say – and the chance to win £500 in Amazon vouchers
- Games and prizes for kids and grown-ups of all ages
Local gas network Cadent is urging residents to drop in – and bring the kids – for some free, fun educational activities that will keep the youngsters entertained and the grown-ups informed about how gas gets to their door. The event will give residents the chance to have their say over the sorts of services Cadent should offer and how much people should pay for them.
The gas roadshow will be parking up in St Peter’s Square, Leicester (next to High Cross Shopping Centre and the Showcase Cinema), on Friday (19 July) from 10am until 5pm.
The roadshow is designed to be a fun way of explaining what Cadent does now and getting people’s views its plans for the next five years. The company has drafted some proposals but it would like people’s opinions on the services it provides, and where it invests the money it receives from bill-payers.
If people can’t come along on Friday, they can still have their say by filling in an online survey - https://cadentgas.com/about-us/responsibility/have-your-say
- with the chance to win £500 in Amazon vouchers.
The event will include gas-themed games and prizes for all ages, including connect-the-pipe, gas pipe hoopla and spin-to-win. Console game fans will be able to try their hands at digital underground tunnelling and experience the world of Cadent’s gas engineers through a virtual reality headset.
Meanwhile younger ones can have a go at remote-controlled car racing and dress up in hard hats and hi-viz jackets. And while the kids play, mum and dad (and grandma and grandad) can have their say on issues such as:
Leicester gas facts
- how Cadent could best minimize disruption from roadworks
- what sort of services they would like to see the company provide
- how much they’d like to pay on their gas bills
- how they think the company could best tackle climate change and protect the environment
- how Cadent should help gas customers most in need
- Nearly 80% of homes in Leicester and 83% of households in the county are heated by gas.
- During 2019-2020, Cadent is investing £200 million maintaining and upgrading the gas network in the East Midlands and East Anglia.
- 85% of Leicester’s ageing iron gas mains have been replaced with tough, long-lasting plastic pipes which will keep the gas flowing until the end of the century.
- The cost of running the gas network has fallen by 17% since 1990 on gas bills. Cadent’s element of people’s gas bills is due to fall by a further 11% by 2021.
- On an average gas bill £120 – about 33p a day – goes on the cost of running, maintaining and renewing the nation’s underground gas pipe network. In addition, Cadent also runs a gas emergency service, responding to calls about gas leaks and carbon monoxide leaks and provides extra services for customers in vulnerable situations such as elderly people and those with disabilities. The company is also investing in trials of carbon-free hydrogen which could transform the way people heat their homes.