Hundreds of families will have new kitchens fitted and heating upgraded as part of a new £14million housing boost.Nothing Council chiefs have announced the bumper investment, which will also see more than 200 new homes built in Paisley, Johnstone and Bishopton over the next two years.
Up to 300 properties will benefit from new kitchens, bathrooms and rewiring, and another 250 will benefit from heating upgrades.
A rent increase of two per cent has also been proposed following consultation with tenants.
Councillor Tommy Williams, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “Regenerating our communities is one of this council’s key priorities and we have plans to build 224 new council homes including 24 in the Seedhill Road area of Paisley, and 100 each in Dargarvel Village in Bishopton and in Johnstone.
“These are areas where the shortage of affordable social housing often forces people into expensive private lets.
“The work starting this year on the Seedhill and Dargarvel developments will provide a full mix of housing options, from one-bedroom flats to three-bedroom family homes.
“Last year, we completed our £138million programme to bring all our housing stock up to the Scottish Housing Quality Standard.
“The challenge now is to continue investing in our housing stock to ensure it continues to meet the standard, and the aspirations of our tenants, so more than £9million of this budget is earmarked for new kitchens and bathrooms, rewiring, heating upgrades and external improvements in up to 300 properties.” He added: “In these difficult financial times, we want to do what we can to help our tenants, so we kept the rent raise this year to only two per cent.
“The UK Government’s welfare reforms are causing severe financial difficulties for families.
“We anticipate that the new Universal Credit will cause further challenges for our tenants so we have set aside funding for additional support measures to help alleviate the pressure on households.” The programme also proposes investing £9.9million over the next three years to support the regeneration of the West End of Paisley and the Tannahill area of Ferguslie Park.
Housing services are paid for by council tenants separate from the council’s budget for services.
It has been revealed that 27, the largest amount, stay in the South of Paisley (post code PA2) in Glenburn, Foxbar, Hawkhead, Charlston and Lochfield. This covers Paisley Town Centre, the West End, Seedhill and Ralston.