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Over 3,000 homes improved in Harlow in less than a year

Politics / Wed 5th Mar 2014 am31 10:38am

HARLOW Council has so far completed 3,000 home improvements as part of its Modern Council Homes Programme.

The £22m programme, which started in July 2013, has seen over 3,000 improvements carried out in more than 1,500 Council homes and in addition nearly 2,000 electrical safety tests completed. The Council is planning to spend a further £26m on around 5,000 home improvements in 2014/15.

The Modern Council Homes Programme is being funded by rents and additional decent homes grants secured by the Council.

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 which is changing homes and changing our tenants’ lives.”

Since July 2013 the Council has:

• Modernised 576 kitchens and 364 bathrooms.

• Replaced 848 front and back doors and replaced 2,246 windows in 412 homes.

• Installed 314 central heating systems and 165 energy-efficient boilers.

• Completed electrical rewires in 308 homes.

• Installed new fuse boxes in 421 homes which have also included the installation of 577 new smoke detectors.

• Insulated the external walls of 302 homes.

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