Thursday, 26 March 2009
Housing and schools top the list for council improvements
ONE in ten Council houses in South Ayrshire and 22 schools have been upgraded and improved in the last year as part of a £30.5 million programme of investment in core services.
A total of 859 council houses were included in a programme of works which ranged from installing new kitchens, new central heating, replacing bathrooms, rewiring, installing smoke detectors, external cladding and re-roofing.
In addition, the former Landsburgh House, now renamed Viewfield Gate, has been transformed from a hostel to a unit that provides support for independent living.
Two schools, Dalmilling Primary in Ayr and Muirhead Primary in Troon received some £4million of improvements in a £15.15 million programme which also brought upgrading and modernisation to a further 20 schools throughout South Ayrshire during the last two years.
This is in addition to the Council’s new schools programme which has seen four schools completed last year and a further two to be completed in the coming twelve months.
Among other projects completed during the last year are:
* Eight street lighting improvement and renewal schemes in Maybole, Tarbolton, Ayr, Prestwick and Troon.
* Upgrading of public conveniences at Troon and Ayr.
* Improved services for young people leaving care at Holmston in Ayr.
* New or upgraded energy efficient heating systems in ten council owned properties.
Ongoing projects which are scheduled for completion in the next few months are:
*The new Colmonell Primary School.
* Replacement of the heating system at Kyle Academy.
* Upgrading of public convenience in Girvan.
* Replacing street lighting in Beresford Terrace in Ayr.
* Electrical work in the County Buildings in Ayr.
* Refurbishment of the King Street underpass, including the installation of a CCTV system.
* Improvements works within schools to ensure better access for disabled people.
Councillor Bill McIntosh, Resources and Performance Portfolio Carrier said: “This extensive programme of modernisation and improvement which began last year will continue over the next twelve months and be clearly focused on providing better services for residents in South Ayrshire.
“Our ongoing rolling programme of investment will continue through the coming year, to be focused on improving a wide range of essential services.”
Councillor Douglas Campbell, Housing and Customer First Portfolio Carrier said: “Changes such as adapting a home for a person with a disability, upgrading common areas in blocks of flats, replacing heating systems or installing smoke detectors all make a real difference to the lives of our tenants. During the coming year we will focus our housing capital investment programme on meeting the required house condition standards.
“We are investing in as many houses as possible each year to reach a high standard of home that can make a real difference to the quality of life for our tenants. From small projects like new central heating systems and showers to whole house modernisations, we have set the ambitious aim of spending around £19 million each year over the next 5 years to make our tenants homes, warmer, safer and modern.
South Ayrshire Council
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