Warm response to additional funding

Housing improvements in East Ayrshire will be moving forward at pace thanks to a £1m funding boost announced today as part of the Council’s 2015/16 budget proposals.

The funding will deliver a programme of external enhancements, environmental improvement, energy efficiency measures like external wall insulation and rendering works to be carried out on Council housing stock, similar to the extensive works already carried out in communities across the authority.

Councillor Reid said: “This funding will make a huge difference within East Ayrshire. Local homes will be more attractive, raising the pride people feel in their community but most importantly it will save them money. The thermal improvements are significant, which at a time when fuel costs seem to be constantly rising, can only be good news.”

Those who have already benefitted from the improvement works have been delighted with the results commenting:

“We are very happy with the work carried out. The whole street appears much brighter now with the houses rough-casted and we already feel a big difference with the temperature in the house.”

“Vast noticeable difference to the heating requirement and the temperature is more stable throughout. Good job.”

“I am delighted with the work carried out. The houses look so much better now. We have had many people walk past and have only had good reviews. I do not need to put my heating higher than the minimum setting.”

“Good job well done. I have noticed a difference in the inside temperature and the thermostat cuts out more regularly.”

The good news doesn’t end there. An additional funding announcement of £150,000 will mean that even more residents will benefit from warmer homes.

The new funding, which will support the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland (HEEPS), will enable us to continue our plan to insulate adjoining private Weir timber houses using this funding at the same time as the council houses next door.

The recent Resident’s Survey indicated dissatisfaction with the condition of some of the roads within housing estates and as a result funds have also been allocated to improving roads within local housing estates.

Councillor Reid said: “These roads don’t get the level of traffic to justify extensive repairs as part of our prioritised road repairs programme but we recognise that when roads deteriorate as a result of winter and wet weather it has a negative impact on an area. I have therefore decided to commit £500,000 to address the roads causing most concern to our residents in the coming financial year.”

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