Falkirk Council tenants benefit from £1m upgrade

Councillor Gerry Goldie
Councillor Gerry Goldie

Council tenants will benefit from almost £1 million of upgrading to their homes.

The work, due to start later this summer, will include replacing rendering and roofing on 27 properties in Polmont, 20 in Maddiston and 36 in Bo’ness.

It follows the result of the stock condition survey to ensure that all council housing continue to meet the Scottish Housing Quality Standard which was introduced in 2004 and gave local authorities just over a decade to bring stock up to the mark.

Cavities will also be filled and lofts topped up with insulation where required to ensure all the local authority’s housing stock meets the new Energy Efficiency Standards for Social Housing.

All Falkirk council properties within the scope of the quality standards currently meet all the requirements.

Councillor Gerry Goldie, housing spokesperson, said: “These improvement works are a sign of the Council’s commitment to ensuring our housing stock is maintained to high national standards.

“The total spend will be £923,000 and with the works planned to start soon it won’t be long until tenants in these properties enjoy the benefits of the improvements.”

The Council has an £85.7 million housing investment programme over the next three years with a range of improvement works planned and schemes to increase housing stock in place.