Councillors approve £6m for housing improvements

Council houses in Peterhead
Council houses in Peterhead

Aberdeenshire Council is to spend £6,274,000 carrying out major upgrade and improvement work to its residential properties.

The works which will see improvements to hundreds of council properties across Aberdeenshire were approved by members of the Policy & Resources Committee on Thursday.

The forecast budget spend on housing improvements and new build housing in Aberdeenshire will be around £50million this financial year.

Major structural repair work to 17 semi-detached blocks at Pitcaple, Lumphanan, Blackburn, Newtonhill, Banff and Huntly, was approved at an estimated cost of £2,387,000.

Improvements to the front and back doors on 810 houses across Aberdeenshire was also approved, at an estimated cost of £2,556,000.

The contract will now be put out to tender, with work due to start in November, to be completed by March 2015.

A £710,000 project will see the removal of timber windows in 149 houses and two housing complexes and replacing them with A-rated high performance double-glazed windows. Muirfield Contracts Ltd was approved to carry out the works to be carried out at locations across Aberdeenshire including Banchory, Fraserburgh, Gourdon, Ellon and Kemnay

Councillors also approved a further £345,000 to be spent upgrading the windows and doors in 77 residential properties in Peterhead and Aboyne and accepted the tender from Muirfield Contracts Ltd to carry out the work. The work is part of the council’s Housing Stock Improvement works and also complies with the aims of the Aberdeenshire Local Housing Strategy, and attainment of the Scottish Housing Quality Standard.