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Residents call for heating insulation in PRC homes

Concerned residents living in precast reinforced concrete (PRC) homes in Anstey have called upon the local council to help provide heating insulation for their properties.

The Leicester Mercury reports how the buildings were built after the second world war and as such do not meet modern energy efficient standards.

A petition signed by 60 homeowners has been sent to housing minister Grant Shapps and Charnwood Borough Council urging them to take action.

Pam Bradbury, who organised the campaign, commented that the poor condition of the houses is "not acceptable in this day and age".

She added that many individuals were forced to sit wrapped in blankets during the recent cold weather despite having the heating and fire on.

According to the publication PRC properties were only designed to last 20 years and many have now been deemed unmortgageable due to cracks and moisture problems.

PRC Homes explains that many mortgage lenders will not grant a loan unless the building has been assessed by a PRC licence inspector and a certificate of structural completion issued.