MORE tenants will benefit from new kitchens, central heating and security measures thanks to an investment of £2.5 million by North Lanarkshire Council.
Savings in the council’s housing revenue budget are to be reinvested in its capital programme to allow improvement works to be carried out more quickly.
Councillor Barry McCulloch, convener of housing and social work, said: “We have been able to make significant savings this financial year by improving our collection rates for rent, particularly by reducing the time that properties are empty, from changes within our housing repairs service and as a result of low interest rates.
“To make best use of these savings, we are investing £2.5 million in speeding up our kitchen and central heating replacement programmes and work to overclad and re-roof Brandon Court. We are also installing new CCTV cameras in some of our tower blocks.”
The £2.5 million will be added to the annual housing capital budget of £37 million that delivers major improvements to the council’s housing stock including roof repairs, rewiring, kitchen, bathroom and window replacements and security systems.