14 March 2017
Council tenants welcome improvement work in Chirk
A Wrexham Council tenant have praised improvement work which has been carried out on their property.
Over 120 homes in Chirk are being reroofed as part of Wrexham Council’s extensive housing improvements programme which is being carried out to ensure they achieve the Welsh Government’s Welsh Housing Quality Standard by 2020.
The work is being carried out by contractors, Paveaways and their sub-contractors, Slatewise.
Council tenant, Mr P Pierce, said, “The work has improved the look of the street a lot and it’s good to know our homes are being maintained and made fit for the future. We had our kitchen replaced recently too as part of the improvements programme for our house. All the workers have been very professional so I’m very pleased.”
Local Member for Chirk South, Cllr Terry Evans, said, “This is excellent news for our council tenants. It’s important that their homes are well maintained and kept safe from the elements. Kitchens and bathrooms have also been replaced in many properties in Chirk already so I’m delighted that the tenants here are now seeing the benefits of the Council’s modernization programme.”
Wrexham Council’s housing improvements programme received a boost recently when the Council’s Executive Board approved a record £56.4m budget for 2017/18. This includes a £7.6m Major Repairs Allowance grant which the Welsh Government awards to local authorities to support them achieving the Welsh Housing Quality Standard.
Lead Member for Housing and Member for Chirk North, Cllr Ian Roberts, said, “This investment will allow us to carry on the project and ensure we meet the Welsh Housing Quality Standard by 2020. Thousands more properties will be able to receive internal and external improvements over the next 12 months. It’s the biggest series of improvements to social housing we’ve seen here for decades so these are very encouraging times for our tenants.”