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Council homes get a cash boost

Published Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Enfield Council has secured an additional £44.61 million of government grant funding to complete the repairs and improvements to over 8,000 council homes over the next three years.

This is an essential contribution to the council’s own capital expenditure of £144 million which extends over the next five years to spend on bringing council homes up to the ‘Decent Homes’ standard.

Cllr Ahmet Oykener, cabinet member for housing, said, “The ‘Decent Homes’ standard requires us to install modern facilities in all council owned flats and houses.

“New kitchens with adequate space and storage, modern baths, sinks and fixtures and new heating systems to provide efficient and sustainable warmth are the main features that make a decent home.

“Other aspects of the ‘Decent Homes’ standard include: lift repairs and external works to windows, replacement doors and roofing. We are determined that all our homes should reach modern standards and provide a warm, safe environment to live in.”

After a recent tendering process, the works have just started on homes most in need along the North Circular Road, followed by those along the eastern side of the borough. The subsequent rolling improvement programme continues until 2016. 

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