Video: Magherafelt oil club goes from strength to strength

An oil club set up in the Killowen housing estate, Magherafelt, to help the most vulnerable continues to grow in popularity.

Eighty-five per cent of the householders have now signed up.

And other housing estates in Magherafelt are keen to find out how the club operates.

It was set up by Michael Kelly and Darren Totten, now a Magherafelt Sinn Fein Councillor, to help the most vulnerable - the elderly and those on low incomes - back in November.

“Other estates have been seeking advice on how it was set up and functions,” Mr Kelly, chairperson of Killowen Drive Residents Association, told me.

With fuel prices continuing to increase, he believes oil clubs are the way for housing estates to go.

“Estates are much easier to organise than a scatter rural community. The buyer has more leverage,” he added.