500 more mixed-tenure Edinburgh properties set for energy efficient upgrades

MIXED tenure properties in the Wester Hailes area of Edinburgh are set to benefit from energy efficient upgrades and revitalised buildings.

The City of Edinburgh Council said 500 households – both private and council-owned – will benefit from the scheme, which follows an ongoing successful pilot in Murrayburn, Drumbryden and Hailesland.

Works carried out on behalf of the owners across the pilot include repairs and replacement of roofing, guttering, drying room facades, installation of external wall and attic insulation, as well as the maintenance and decoration of communal stairwell spaces.

Councillor Kate Campbell, housing, homelessness and fair work convener at the City of Edinburgh Council, said, “Bringing all our housing stock up to a good condition, making homes energy efficient, warm and affordable to heat is very important, both for tenants and for owners in these blocks.

“Council officers have worked hard to support private owners throughout this MTIS pilot. As a result, we’re helping owner occupiers meet their share of the energy efficiency improvement works by supporting them to access up to £15,500 each in Energy Efficient Scotland (EES) funding. Supporting private owner occupiers with enhanced re-payment terms will help too, and this is now being extended to others in a similar situation.

“The mixed tenure improvement service continues to be an incredibly successful as a pilot, and I’m so pleased that we are expanding this programme as it will play a crucial role in dealing with the legacy issues caused by right to buy. We can now invest in many more homes making much needed improvements to homes and blocks across the city.”