£212m homes revamp ends

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A £212 million programme to revamp every council house in Barnsley has been completed - with 18,000 homes modernised.

Work included fitting kitchens and bathrooms, central heating, insulation and UPVC windows and doors.

Barnsley Council’s cabinet member for housing, Coun Bill Newman, said: “It’s fantastic to see the positive impact the Decent Homes programme has made to our tenants. It’s really improved their quality of life as the programme has provided modern, comfortable and energy efficient council homes across the borough.

“We now embark on the next major phase of works.”

The project, overseen by management company Berneslai Homes, was carried out over the last few years by contractors Keepmoat, Lovell, Mears, Inspace, Henry Boot, Construction Services and Kier, and completed on time.