Falkirk homes to be energy efficient by 2015

Pic Lisa McPhillips 12/06/2013' Grangemouth Road. Flats at bottom of road near roundabout which have scafolidng on them for roughcasting for housing improvement report.

Pic Lisa McPhillips 12/06/2013' Grangemouth Road. Flats at bottom of road near roundabout which have scafolidng on them for roughcasting for housing improvement report.

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Around 2500 council houses are not energy efficient but will be within the next three years as part of a £115 million investment.

Local authority and registered social landlords have to bring their stock up to the Scottish Housing Quality Standard (SHQS) and Falkirk Council has said its 16,000 homes will meet the criteria by the 2015 target date.

The work, which has already started, will be a combination of improvements costing £55m to around 5000 properties for energy efficiency, re-roofing and roughcasting, electrical upgrades and kitchen and bathroom replacements.

A further £60m is being spent on building 206 new council houses, increasing the new-build programme to 338 homes to help ease the shortage in the district.

Funding is also in place to acquire around 120-140 ex-council homes to help meet housing demand.

Councillor Gerry Goldie, convener of housing and social care said: “Spending on improvements and repairs to our council housing stock is the second highest in Scotland while we are still charging the third lowest rent.

“We have prioritised where we believe we will make most impact in our communities and our new-build programme will provide modern and energy efficient properties for hundreds of residents.

“There is still a lot of work to do, but by keeping rents low and investment high we are sure we are on track to 
deliver good quality housing for all our tenants.”

Information on where and when work will be carried out is available from council offices.