£22m repair scheme for below-par homes

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Sub-standard council houses in Chestefield are to be transformed after councillors approved a £22 million work programme.

Chesterfield Council members have backed the scheme while will see all authority-owned homes reach the Government’s Decent Homes standard by March 2015.

It means each property must be in a reasonable state of repair and have adequate heating and insulation and reasonably modern facilities,

Currently, about 90 per cent of homes owned by the council reach this standard.

Councillors pledged £16 million to the scheme, while the authority will receive another £5.9 million from the Government for the work.

Coun Jim McManus, council executive member for housing, said: “Every one of our tenants deserves to live in a home which is warm, dry and has reasonably modern facilities.

“We see this as a priority and this is why we will spend more than £20 million in the coming year to see that each of our tenants’ homes reaches these standards.”

Work will also be carried out at council sheltered housing complexes.

Improvements will also be made to car parking on housing estates and work will begin on the design of a new borough housing scheme.