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Flintshire County Council ahead of target on tenant home improvement scheme

FLINTSHIRE County Council‘s kitchen replacement scheme is steaming ahead of schedule.

The council’s housing service has been exceeding its targets to improve the homes of tenants across the county by investing in new kitchens and bathrooms.

More than 1,100 kitchen replacements have been carried out, well above the 922 planned, with the contractors working to a target of replacing 50 kitchens a week.

In total 1,100 homes have received heating upgrades, compared to the planned 600.

In addition, 2,400 smoke detectors have been delivered – 1,000 more than anticipated – and 108 bathrooms compared to the 62 that were originally planned. On top of that, £1m has been spent on disabled adaptations.

Cllr Helen Brown, cabinet member for housing, said: “We are now into the second year of a six-year programme to replace kitchens in our housing stock. Work has so far been completed in approximately 1,100 properties and we anticipate a similar number of properties will be refitted over the next 12 months.”

The investment follows a vote in which 88% of tenants said they would prefer their homes to remain under the control of the council rather than be transferred to a registered social landlord.

Over the six-year programme, the majority of the council’s 7,500 properties will be fitted with new kitchens, with the rest receiving upgrades to ensure all meet and exceed the Welsh Housing Quality Standard.