£433,000 spent on improvement Richmondshire’s council houses

A £1m programme to improve council-owned housing in Richmondshire is well underway.

So far this year the district council has spent £433,000 on energy efficiency schemes – and another £30,000 on external redecoration.

The largest spend has been on new and replacement boilers for 103 homes – with another 17 properties in Reeth getting new energy efficient high heat retention night storage heating systems.

With this work now complete contractor Kier has turned to the replacement of 54 kitchens and 27 bathrooms.

And council officers are already working up the programme for the next financial year.

“The Housing Improvement Programme is an annual investment of around £1million into our housing stock,” said corporate director, Colin Dales.

“Next year’s programme is almost finalised – all the affected tenants can expect to be notified early in 2022.

“We are working hard to bring all our housing stock up to date whether that is through a new kitchen or bathroom or with energy efficiency measures.

It future proofs our properties and provides residents with modern facilities that improve their lifestyles.”

For more information about council house improvements, contact the improvements team on 01748 829100 or improvements@richmondshire.gov.uk