Council Housing Repairs Falling Behind Schedule

The Council’s repair and upgrade programme for it’s housing stock is falling behind schedule, because local builders have too much work on.

The upgrade, which is part of the Decent Homes programme, launched by the last Government, is required to bring all housing stock up to a defined standard, including meeting minimum safety levels and being sufficiently warm and comfortable for tenants.

Housing Officer, Ian Hamilton, said the Council has complete repairs on 105 of the 108 properties originally identified as part of the programme, but progress is slower than expected due to increased demand on local contractors.

The project should have been completed in March 2011.

More properties have been brought into the programme than originally planned because these had been identified as likely to fail health and safety standards in the coming years.

The main upgrades for these properties are replacement kitchens, new bathrooms and rewiring.

It is expected that the programme will be complete by next summer.