North Ayrshire Council to invest millions into housing stock

NORTH Ayrshire Council has announced it is to invest millions of pounds into improving homes for its residents.

The local authority said that the plans are already ‘well advanced’ and a consultation is to ensue shortly, with work intended to begin in 2021.

The proposals include at least £5 million being invested in regeneration projects and sustainability measures to reduce fuel poverty; more than half a million pounds on projects driven by tenants; the launch of a £25 million sheltered housing re-provisioning programme; and continuation of the £1 million per year programme to regenerate estates.

In addition, the council said that more than £15 million will be invested into improving existing council homes – with plans for over 300 new bathrooms, over 400 new kitchens, 1,000 external door replacements, and 500 new boiler installations.

Councillor Jim Montgomerie, cabinet member for green new deal and sustainability at North Ayrshire Council, said, “We’re proud of the Housing service we deliver and the value for money our tenants get. Our last tenant satisfaction survey showed that more than 92 per cent of our tenants consider that their rent represents value for money.

“We continue to have one of the lowest rent levels in Ayrshire and our rent levels also remain below the Scottish average. Despite this, we are delivering on our ambitious plans in place to build more than 1,500 new council homes across North Ayrshire as well as investing millions in our existing houses, giving tenants the types of homes they want to live in.”