£13m to improve council homes in borough

More than £13m could be used to make sure council houses are up to standard across Barnsley.

If approved by cabinet on March 24, the Barnsley Homes Standard Programme and Supplementary Investment Programme will see £13.5m invested in 1,400 council homes.

The works include 53 properties in Honeywell, 131 in Kingstone, 332 in Royston, 239 in the town centre area, 187 in Worsbrough Dale, 125 in Hoyland, 96 in Platts Common, and 237 in Thurnscoe.

The programme seeks to make sure properties do not fall below the required standard, and works include kitchen or bathroom replacements, new guttering new doors or windows and heating system improvements.

Barnsley Town Hall. Picture: Tony Johnson

A further £5.1m in supplemental investments will include some one-off structural works, major adaptions for those with specific needs, and refurbishment and rewiring works at community centres.

In addition, a separate report will request approval to seek a contractor to install sprinkler systems at three blocks of flats and four independent living schemes across Barnsley.

These are Albion House, Buckley House and Britannia House off Sheffield road, as well as Heather Court at Bolton on Dearne, Glebe Court at Tankersley, Woodhall Flats at Darfield, and Willowcroft at Bolton on Dearne.

Councillor Tim Cheetham, cabinet spokesperson for regeneration and culture, said: “We hope the addition of sprinklers to these particular developments will help tenants feel even safer in their homes, while satisfying requirements for building assurance certification from the new Health and Safety Regulator, once it is introduced.

“I’m pleased to recommend significant investment in our social housing which will ensure tenants can continue to live comfortably, and that our housing stock is maintained and protected for many years to come.”

Amanda Garrard, Berneslai Homes chief executive said: “This investment will be great news and will ensure that we continue to invest in homes through our Barnsley Homes Standard Programme and maintain them to a decent standard for our tenants.”

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