£6m programme of Richmondshire’s council owned homes announced

A £6million programme of improvements for Richmondshire’s council owned homes has kicked off.

The District Council has appointed Kier Services for its new five year Home Improvement Programme. The company successfully re-tendered for the work having completed a successful four year programme ending in March this year.

The Council – which will spend around £1.2 million a year on the programme – has initially prioritised window renewal and making blocks of flats safer following independent fire risk assessments.

Work has already started to replace windows and communal doors with new fire doors – tenants have been given a choice of two styles of doors.

Coun Ian Threlfall, housing spokesperson, said: “This is really good news for our tenants as the new programme responds directly to the feedback they have been giving us in terms of new windows and doors – and will also ensure that our blocks of flats are as safe as possible in terms of fire safety.

“The new windows will also mean our homes are more energy efficient and cheaper to run for our tenants.”

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