Programme to upgrade many homes

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A £39million investment scheme to maintain and improve council homes in Northumberland is now under way.

The Northumberland County Council housing capital works programme will see almost £8million spent every year, for the next five years.

In 2017, 1,700 homes across the Blyth and Alnwick area will benefit from new kitchens, bathrooms and heating systems and the replacement of roofs, doors and windows and electrical rewires.

Tenants whose homes are included in this year’s work programme have been informed and invited to attend exhibitions to choose their new kitchen and bathroom suites.

Head of housing at the council, Philip Soderquest, said: “Everyone is entitled to live in a decent home and this on-going investment in our homes ensures we are providing this for our residents.

“If people live in a home they can be proud of, they tend to take more care of the estates and areas in which they live.”

The investment includes some planned capital work needed at sheltered accommodation units, such as lift repairs or upgrades to commercial boilers.

Environmental work – both area-based initiatives and individual projects, for example the provision of parking bays within housing plots to eliminate parking problems on narrow roads – is also part of the scheme.