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£1 million

£1 million

Over £1 million is to be spent upgrading the homes of hundreds of people across County Durham over the next 12 months.

Starting from April 2019, DAMHA is carrying out a range of work on almost 600 of its properties in areas such as Durham, Seaham, Horden and Peterlee.

The work will include installing new double glazed windows and doors, boilers/fire, kitchens, fencing and painting of wrought iron gates.

This forms part of a rolling planned maintenance programme DAMHA carries out to ensure its properties, some of which are 100 years old, meet national housing standards.

DAMHA Chief Executive Paul Mullis said: “Over the next two years we are building over 60 new two-bedroom bungalows for older people in areas such as Consett and Houghton-le-Spring.

“We are pleased to be making our own contribution to providing much-needed affordable homes in the area, but we also have a duty to ensure our existing properties, some of which were built in the early 1900s, continue to remain nice, warm and attractive places to live.

“This year’s planned maintenance programme will see improvements being made to around 600 properties, in an investment worth over £1 million.

“That is a significant outlay, but one which is worth very penny if it has a positive affect on the people living in our homes.”

One of the residents who had a new kitchen fitted as part of DAMHA’s planned maintenance programme in 2018/19 was Leeann Scott, who lives in Redesdale Court, Peterlee.

She said: “Having a new kitchen enabled me to change the layout and it meant I got more worktop and cupboard space, which is what I needed.

“I was able to choose from a good selection of units, worktops and flooring, so I felt fully involved and I couldn’t be happier.”

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