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Improvement programme

Improvement programme

Hundreds of homes across County Durham are to be upgraded as DAMHA embarks on an improvement programme valued at almost £1 million.

Over the next 12 months, starting from April 2018, we are carrying out a variety of work on around 500 of our properties in areas such as Easington, Seaham, Horden, Consett and Durham.

The work will include installing new double glazed windows and doors, boilers, kitchens, fencing and boundary walls.

This forms part of a rolling planned maintenance programme DAMHA carries out to ensure its properties, some of which were built in the early 1900s, meet national housing standards.

DAMHA Chief Executive Paul Mullis said: “In 2018/19, we will be spending £973,144 on planned maintenance, ensuring our properties remain warm, energy efficient and comfortable places in which to live.

“We have diverse housing stock, ranging from properties built at the turn of the 19th century to those constructed just recently, so it’s important that regardless where people live, they can expect to live in quality homes.

“We look forward to carrying out the work and are confident this will be done to the satisfaction of the residents whose homes are included in this year’s programme.”

A couple who had a new boiler installed as part of DAMHA’s planned maintenance programme in 2017/18 were Wendy Dunn and Jack Roach, of Peacehaven, Ferryhill.

They said: “The boiler was fitted without any fuss and it’s great because we now have instant hot water and it’s much more efficient than the old one, so we are saving money too.”

A full list of the planned maintenance work can be viewed here.