31
July
2014
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00:00
Europe/London

Council tenants get totally wired



Council housing in Leeds is to be brought up to
date and bathrooms and kitchens will get a fresh look as Leeds City Council
upgrades thousands of properties in the city.





Housing throughout Leeds will see the benefits of
multi-million pound investment over coming years which will see kitchens and
bathrooms brought up to date, electrical wiring checked and replaced as
necessary, and a range of other maintenance work completed to ensure properties
meet modern standards.



Roofing, windows and doors are also being replaced
or renovated at many properties, improving thermal efficiency and insulation.



Councillor Peter Gruen,
Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for
neighbourhoods, planning and personnel said:



“We’ve got almost 60,000 properties in Leeds and one of
lowest ratios of empty properties in the country. We are upgrading houses to both
make sure they are good quality for tenants and to ensure council housing is
not seen as a last resort, but as a positive choice.



“We are not only bringing new Council homes to
Leeds, but also making significant investments to make our sure our existing
tenants have better homes.”



Notes for editors:



Leeds City Council owns and manages approximately
115 multi-storey blocks, 3,650 low/medium rise flat blocks, 5,200
non-traditional build homes (Prefabricated reinforced concrete (PRC) and System
Build properties) and 1,600 back to back properties.














































Decency Work




Funds



£000s




Activity








Kitchen & Bathroom
Replacements




9,800




Kitchen & Bathroom
Replacements to approx. 1500 properties across the city



Work has already begun
and replacements will continue all year.








Electrical Rewires




2,100




Rewiring approx. 700
properties across the city - ensuring our properties meet the latest legislation.








Roofing




1,800




Roofing replacements
delivered across the city in the financial year.








Windows & Doors




1,300




Window & Door
replacements to approx. 400 properties citywide - work has started and will
be delivered throughout the year.







Issued by:



Phil Morcom,



Leeds
City Council press office (0113) 395 0244



Email: philip.morcom@leeds.gov.uk