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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Barrow houses set to be revamped

A HOUSING revamp scheme will be extended to an additional 242 properties.

Houses in nine Barrow streets will receive makeovers after the executive committee agreed to the £1.7m project at its meeting yesterday.

The works form part of the North Central Renewal Area scheme that has already seen more than £1m spent on repairs to 59 properties in Sutherland Street and Marsh Street.

Barrow Borough Council will consult with residents in Thwaite Street, Brewery Street, Whitehead Street, Harrison Street, Lord Street, Silverdale Street, Arnside Street, Lindal Street and Crellin Street to determine what improvements are needed.

Work is expected to start in late summer and continue into spring next year, and will include installing new roofs, doors, windows and insulation, as well as repairing chimney stacks and boundary walls. Executive committee chairman, Councillor Dave Pidduck, said: “It’s been a few years since we started this and it’s great that we are able to move forward.”

However, director of regeneration and community services Phil Huck said less was being spent on each property than the average amount spent in the first phase of the scheme.

Mr Huck said: “The money available to carry out this work is considerably less per property than was available for Sutherland Street and Marsh Street.

“This follows the end of the government’s Housing Market Renewal programme.”

The executive committee agreed to appoint Arcus Consulting to carry out the design and management of the project.

The works are to be put out to tender at a later date.

Have your say

OMG,I like most people have said, why work and then get into debt to afford our home then scrimp and scrape in case anything goes wrong. Why should i pay my council tax to repair other peoples properties when the £100+ pounds a month could go into an isa earn interest and then when needed repair my own house. When they ask for my council tax if i don't pay it i will say i spent it on a new roof for my house and debate with them as to why i should pay for someone elses.

Posted by Allison on 20 April 2012 at 20:05

Is this tax payers cash? While the rest of us save hard to put money away for the day the roof needs repairing others get it FOC. Most of these shabby houses belong to wealthy landlords. Send them a bill.

Posted by Florence on 20 April 2012 at 11:04

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