The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 4 February 2010

South Ayrshire Council announces
council house improvement scheme

THOUSANDS of council house tenants in South Ayrshire are all set to benefit from ambitious and far reaching quality improvement works on their properties as the Council continues its extensive upgrade and refurbishment programme over the next four years.

The 2010/11 Housing Capital Investment Programme will see £11 million invested to improve council houses and ensure that they meet the Scottish Housing Quality Standards (SQHS) in all its properties by 2015.

[Pictured: Wills Street in North Ayr is one road to have benefited from the Council’s refurbishment programme, with new kitchens, bathrooms, roofing, external cladding and garden landscaping.]

Councillor Douglas Campbell, Portfolio Holder for Housing said: “The capital housing programme brings further welcome news for council tenants.

“South Ayrshire Council has already frozen council rents until 2011 and we have recently secured funding to allow us to build the first new council houses in over thirty years under the Social Housing Investment Programme.

“In addition, we are continuing a significant and wide ranging programme of upgrade and refurbishment work to our existing houses. This will make a real difference for our tenants and ensure they can enjoy a quality home environment”.

The scope of the work is far reaching, with partial and full upgrade work to take place at properties in Ayr, Dundonald, Symington, Crosshill, Kirkoswald, Maybole, Minishant, Troon, Girvan, Ballantrae, Loans, Prestwick, Colmonell, Tarbolton and Coylton.

The most immediate priority in these areas will be given to upgrading and improving over 800 homes, with half of the funding (£6.1 million) being spent on new kitchens, replacing or upgrading central heating systems, bathroom suites, additional loft insulation, smoke detectors and rewiring houses.

In North Ayr, significant improvements to twelve maisonette blocks in Wallacetoun will be complete by early 2011 and £350,000 has been set aside to eradicate dampness in homes, targeted on a need basis.

The Council is also committed to improved energy efficiency in its housing stock and all homes will be modernised to meet the National Home Energy Rating guidelines.

New smoke detectors will be fitted from next year and all houses will continue to be electrically tested and certified every five years.

New door entry systems will be fitted to common close areas and the Council’s ongoing programme to fit uPVC external doors to homes will be brought to conclusion with up to £500,000 being spent on houses in Ayr and Girvan.

Homes in Ayr and Girvan will be the first to benefit from external improvements with over £1.2 million being spent on re-roofing, rendering of walls, cladding and other significant exterior improvements.

Properties in and around Girvan’s Doune Burn will also benefit from £100,000 being spent to improve walls and drainage to the stream, minimising the risk of flooding.

Councillor Campbell (pictured above) concluded: “We take our responsibility as a social landlord very seriously and every one of our homes will meet, or exceed, national standards within the next four years.

“The Capital Housing Investment Programme represents a clear and ambitious intent to make sure our housing is of the highest quality for our tenants and is a key part of our drive to make South Ayrshire the most dynamic, inclusive and sustainable community in Scotland.

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