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Heat turned up on Hebron

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Heat turned up on Hebron thumbnailRev. David Park of Hebron Free Presbyterian Church.

THE MINISTER of a Ballymoney church caught up in the Stormont Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) controversy has said that their heating system has never been run longer than necessary to get more money from the scheme.
Rev David Park of Hebron Free Presbyterian Church has also told the Chronicle that 5000 a year of the "surplus money" gained from the scheme is being given to missionary groups working in eastern Europe and Africa.
The RHI scheme, that could now cost taxpayers up to 400m, was suspended last February after a whistle blower pointed out serious flaws, which according to the Auditor General, left, "no limit to the amount of energy that would be paid for!"
Hebron Church Elder and local MLA Mervyn Storey said he was not involved in the process that decided what to do with the surplus money.
He said the church had acted "honestly and honourably" adding that it was "very regrettable" that some people would use his church to score political points against him.
Speaking to the Chronicle Rev. David Park said: "We applied for the scheme legitimately and our application was successful. There was a big initial outlay to install the burner which cost tens of thousands of pounds.
“When we realised there would be surplus money we decided to give 5000 a year to charitable organisations over 20 years which is 100,000 for the whole period."

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