Council’s plan for properties

Coun John Harrison.
Coun John Harrison.

Millions of pounds is to be invested in council properties.

North Tyneside Council has revealed it will spend £25m to improve homes over the next year.

The plan will see almost 600 homes having new kitchens and bathrooms fitted, nearly 2,000 properties benefitting from external decoration, 340 having their roofs replaced and more than 1,300 with new fences fitted.

And 800 new energy efficient boilers will be installed, as well as many properties having wall insulation improved.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing, said: “Despite huge cuts to our budget by government, we are continuing to invest heavily in council properties.

“As well as all of the improvements to existing homes, we’re making real progress building much-needed affordable housing to meet the borough’s most urgent and future housing needs.”

“Investment and job creation is also continuing as our successful North Tyneside Living project gathers pace – with 10 of the 26 state-of-the-art retirement complexes now underway or complete.”

Elderly and disabled tenants will continue to be supported to live independently and comfortably as £1m worth of special adaptations will also be carried out over the next year.

At their meeting last week, cabinet members heard about the extensive programme as part of a report on the council’s budget setting of its Housing Revenue Account (HRA) – an allocated pot of money for housing which ensures that council rents are reinvested in maintaining and improving council homes.

The HRA report presented at cabinet comes after government changes removed an estimated £490m from North Tyneside Council’s housing business plan over the next 30 years. The council is managing this loss of income by continuing to control costs.