New kitchens earmarked for 100-year-old homes in South Tyneside

Chief executive Paul Mullis resident Mary Bell whose kitchen at Marsden Road, South Shields, will soon be  replaced.
Chief executive Paul Mullis resident Mary Bell whose kitchen at Marsden Road, South Shields, will soon be replaced.

Fifty homes in South Tyneside are to be spruced up thanks to a £1m revamp programme.

The Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association (DAMHA) is carrying out improvements that include the installation of new central heating boilers, kitchens, double glazed windows and repairs to boundary walls.

Fifty homes in Marsden Road, Harton, South Shields, which are 100 years old, will be receiving new kitchens.

The purpose of the scheme which is to ensure properties meet national standards as prescribed by the Government – known as the Decent Homes Standard.

Brian Stobbs, DAMHA’s head of asset management, said: “This year we will be spending £989,427 on improvement work to our homes, representing one of our largest investments in recent years.

“This work is essential because many of our properties are over 70 years old. This means they are very well built but it is also important for us to ensure they are modernised to make them warm, energy efficient and attractive places to live.

“Our residents are fully involved in the process so, for example, if they are getting new kitchens, they are able to choose from a number of units and designs.”