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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Tenants reap benefits of investment, says county council

Tenants of council homes in Denbighshire are reaping the benefit of a five-year programme of investment in its housing stock and its communities, says the county council

Denbighshire now has the fifth lowest rent levels of the 11 stock-retaining councils in Wales and charges the lowest average social housing rent of neighbouring authorities. 

Over the last five years, the council says it has invested in properties:

  • £1.9 million on estate and neighbourhood improvements, including 17 new play areas.
  • £1.6 million in disabled adaptations.
  • 1,000 properties properties painted externally
  • 350 new roofs have been installed.
  • 350 properties have been rendered
  • 675 kitchens and bathrooms have been fitted.
  • 325 sets of windows have been replaced.
The council is investing in 170 additional homes over the next three years.

Meanwhile, contractors working on behalf of the council will be continuing with external works at properties in Bryn Garth and Maes y Goron (both in Denbigh), Maes Gruffydd Estate (Trefnant) and Pant Glas (Ruthin).

Councillor Tony Thomas, Cabinet Lead Member for  Housing and Communities, said: “We are delighted to have been able to continue to invest our properties and our communities over the past five years, making sure our tenants have modern, fit for purpose properties for them and their families.

“Income from rents is used in its entirety to fund the work of Denbighshire Housing.  

"It does not receive any funding through council tax, nor does it subsidise any other council service. Funding is also received from Welsh Government to support and maintain housing stock.

“We have not only invested in the structural works, but we have also invested in neighbourhoods through improving our  open spaces whilst supporting the health and well-being of communities, organising regular roadshow events around the county and supporting people with fuel and financial advice, and helping more people get online."

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