Darlington councillors agree to release over £5m to improve council houses in the borough

Darlington councillors have agreed to release over £5m to maintain its housing stock

Darlington councillors have agreed to release over £5m to maintain its housing stock

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COUNCILLORS in Darlington have agreed to release over £5m to improve and maintain the authority’s housing stock across the borough.

The money will be used to fund work such as improving energy efficiency, structural repairs, lifeline services and replacing out of date smoke detectors in more than 200 homes.

Up to 250 council houses, predominantly in the Eastbourne and Park East areas, will benefit from new a new boiler and central heating system.

The same number of homes, but mostly in the Haughton East and Eastbourne wards, will undergo rewiring and heating system upgrades.

Darlington Borough Council's cabinet agreed tonight (Tuesday, April 1) to release £5.827m from the housing revenue account to fund the work as part of the 2014/15 housing capital programme previously approved by councillors.

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7:21pm Tue 1 Apr 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

Must be nice. Cheap as chips rent and free up-keep too.
Must be nice. Cheap as chips rent and free up-keep too. thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
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8:44pm Tue 1 Apr 14

darloboss says...

about time standards were improved the tennents pay for this not the council tax payer
about time standards were improved the tennents pay for this not the council tax payer darloboss
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3:27am Wed 2 Apr 14

SirLance says...

Definitely a Labor Council decision here! If a Conservative run council the houses would be offered for sale to the tenants! Let people own their homes,! More care would be taken maintaining their assets! Properties would improve, the areas would improve and it's a win for all concerned! There's nothing free in life and the money spent on upgrading low cost rental housing will be wasted as every time sometime is broken the 'Nanny State ' will rush in to splash out on repairs! This is why the UK is in such a poor financial state!
Definitely a Labor Council decision here! If a Conservative run council the houses would be offered for sale to the tenants! Let people own their homes,! More care would be taken maintaining their assets! Properties would improve, the areas would improve and it's a win for all concerned! There's nothing free in life and the money spent on upgrading low cost rental housing will be wasted as every time sometime is broken the 'Nanny State ' will rush in to splash out on repairs! This is why the UK is in such a poor financial state! SirLance
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6:13am Wed 2 Apr 14

darloboss says...

SirLance you sir are deluded
council housing is not low cost the rent charged pays the morgage and an amount put asside by the council for repairs and upgrading every 25 years

housing benefit is another story and can be claimed by anyone regardless of being a council renter or a private renter even if you have a morgage you can get the payments frozen that is the part the taxpayer funds not cheap housing
SirLance you sir are deluded council housing is not low cost the rent charged pays the morgage and an amount put asside by the council for repairs and upgrading every 25 years housing benefit is another story and can be claimed by anyone regardless of being a council renter or a private renter even if you have a morgage you can get the payments frozen that is the part the taxpayer funds not cheap housing darloboss
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9:27am Wed 2 Apr 14

sorrybutyoujustwastedfivesecondsofyourlifedecipheringthisname says...

SirLance, the Right to Buy scheme still exists and can be used by tenants who've lived in their property for a period of time with some substantial discounts.

Echoing Darloboss, if you work and live in a council house then your rent is only marginally cheaper than private letting - it's by no means low-cost housing.

If anything, this is setting an example to unscrupulous landlords who force people to live in near-squalor and pay for the priveledge. Upgrade your properties once in a while and give your tenants value for money.

This is coming from someone who owns their own home.
SirLance, the Right to Buy scheme still exists and can be used by tenants who've lived in their property for a period of time with some substantial discounts. Echoing Darloboss, if you work and live in a council house then your rent is only marginally cheaper than private letting - it's by no means low-cost housing. If anything, this is setting an example to unscrupulous landlords who force people to live in near-squalor and pay for the priveledge. Upgrade your properties once in a while and give your tenants value for money. This is coming from someone who owns their own home. sorrybutyoujustwastedfivesecondsofyourlifedecipheringthisname
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10:50am Wed 2 Apr 14

laughingboy51 says...

I live in Haughton and in the past 10 years the only improvement I have had by D.B.C. is a Central Heating upgrade.......Howeve
r in Hundens Lane they have had................D
ouble Glazing, new front doors, new fences front and back, new kitchens, new bathrooms, central heating.............
...........thanks DBC
I live in Haughton and in the past 10 years the only improvement I have had by D.B.C. is a Central Heating upgrade.......Howeve r in Hundens Lane they have had................D ouble Glazing, new front doors, new fences front and back, new kitchens, new bathrooms, central heating............. ...........thanks DBC laughingboy51
  • Score: 3

12:08pm Wed 2 Apr 14

annlabyrinth@hotmail.com says...

when is branksome estate going to get double glazing and new doors we have had nothing on this estate for years. reply please thank you.
when is branksome estate going to get double glazing and new doors we have had nothing on this estate for years. reply please thank you. annlabyrinth@hotmail.com
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7:21pm Wed 2 Apr 14

colin1977 says...

We had the improvements 2 yrs ago in poets corner/parkside area....however....s
till no double glazing....fences, doors, rewire, new kitchens and bathrooms...but no double glazing....yet!
We had the improvements 2 yrs ago in poets corner/parkside area....however....s till no double glazing....fences, doors, rewire, new kitchens and bathrooms...but no double glazing....yet! colin1977
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7:31pm Wed 2 Apr 14

laughingboy51 says...

laughingboy51 wrote:
I live in Haughton and in the past 10 years the only improvement I have had by D.B.C. is a Central Heating upgrade.......Howeve

r in Hundens Lane they have had................D

ouble Glazing, new front doors, new fences front and back, new kitchens, new bathrooms, central heating.............

...........thanks DBC
oops forgot to mention they also got a rewire!
[quote][p][bold]laughingboy51[/bold] wrote: I live in Haughton and in the past 10 years the only improvement I have had by D.B.C. is a Central Heating upgrade.......Howeve r in Hundens Lane they have had................D ouble Glazing, new front doors, new fences front and back, new kitchens, new bathrooms, central heating............. ...........thanks DBC[/p][/quote]oops forgot to mention they also got a rewire! laughingboy51
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