Private Barrow homes to get £200k revamp
Last updated at 16:52, Friday, 18 October 2013
WORK to revamp more than 20 privately-owned Barrow homes with £200,000 of council money has been given the go-ahead.
Barrow Borough Council’s executive committee agreed to the renovation of 24 houses between 287 and 329 Rawlinson Street – from the junction with Buccleuch Street to Tesco.
The improvements to doors, windows, front elevations and backyards will be carried out as part of the ongoing North Central Renewal Area scheme.
It will be a continuation of the work carried out to social housing around the Thwaite Street and Silverdale Street area.
Phil Huck, council chief executive, told a meeting of the executive committee on Wednesday that it would cost around £200,000 plus fees and contingencies – and the money could be found, with some adjustments, from the council’s capital programme this financial year.
He recommended the committee to approve and said: “It’s worth remembering this is a 10-year programme and if we agree to the works, we will be completing it largely with our own resources.”
Once finished, the overall scheme will involve revamp work to around 240 privately owned homes in the North Central Area.
Completion of the latest phase will leave 149-285 Rawlinson Street and 85-159 Greengate Street as the only remaining blocks of property in North Central Barrow due to benefit from the improvement work.
Proposals for them will be brought to future meetings of the committee, with the Greengate Street homes next on the horizon.
The council’s work on the North Central Renewal area started in 2010. A major element was the acquisition and demolition of properties in Sutherland Street, Arthur Street and Marsh Street.
Councillor Brendan Sweeney, deputy council leader, said: “I went with (leader) Councillor Dave Pidduck to an event in Birmingham and we were the only district council representatives there – the others were all city and unitary councils.
“Compared to Barrow, Birmingham is about 18 times the size. What we’ve done already is equivalent to about 4,500 homes for Birmingham.
“It’s out of the borough’s own money, not the government’s. It makes a big difference to the whole town. It’s a really powerful thing and it’s something to be proud of that we’re managing to keep these schemes going.”
First published at 16:28, Friday, 18 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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As you well know,many people who live in old terrace houses,do not have the means or capital to spend on their properties,many are OAP's who bought their houses when they were in work.Some may not be in work,some may be to ill to move.
If a person in work and earning a good wage
was to get a free modernisation package then something is wrong with the system.
A lot of these terraced houses,because of age are in need of modernisation,so if you were an OAP,or out of work,or in work with very little means of paying for this revamp and you were living in one of these properties,would you want your house flattened,so that new build could take its place,and may be too expensive for you to return after years of living where?
Many questions to be asked Matt,neither you nor I have the answers.
Even elected councillors are accountable,
don't like it.Vote them out.
y are we doing this when thetre are perfectly ok the way they are. there is a better use of thes money. such are putting tarmac down for houses in askam. but like always all council money stays in barrow. even though askam has the highest tax in the area. peaople wopuld this that askam is not part of Barrow Bourough council. SORT IT OUT.
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