Hundreds of Harlow homes benefit from improvements

MORE than 1,500 home improvements have been completed so far this year as part of Harlow Council’s modern homes programme.

The £22m programme is part of a five-year £100m investment by Harlow Council.

Since the programme started in July 2013 the Council and its contractors Solar Windows Ltd, United House and Kier Services have completed over 1,200 improvements. In addition, electrical inspection condition reports and associated repairs have been carried out in 546 Council homes and the external walls of 302 Council homes have been insulated.

So far the Council has:

Modernised 233 kitchens and 131 bathrooms.

Replaced front and back doors and windows in 333 homes.

Provided 126 homes with new radiators and energy-efficient boilers.

Completed electrical rewires in 169 homes.

Installed new fuse boxes in 176 homes which have also included the installation of 39 new smoke detectors.

Councillor Rod Truan, Deputy Council Leader and Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “This is the biggest ever investment in modernising Council housing in Harlow. We are making good progress in delivering this programme with over 1,500 improvements being made in the last five months and we know this programme is making a big difference to our tenants’ home life. ”

The Thomson Family who had their kitchen replaced at the start of the programme, said: “Our kitchen is now both neat and tidy, which is important for a better standard of living. Our property feels like home now, which every family in Harlow deserves.”

Council tenant Mrs Searing, who also had her kitchen modernised, said: “I’ve lived in my Council home for 23 years. My old kitchen was here since the day I moved in. I am very satisfied with my new kitchen – it is so much better for me.”

The programme is being funded by rents and additional grants secured by the Council.

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