Homes in South Shields are among those to benefit from a massive cash injection from a housing association.
Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association (DAMHA) is to spend almost £1million upgrading hundreds of its homes across the North East in the next 12 months.
The Association is carrying out improvements that include the installation of new central heating boilers, kitchens, double glazed windows and repairs to boundary walls.
It forms part of a rolling maintenance programme DAMHA carries out on its properties to ensure they meet national standards for homes as prescribed by the Government – known as the Decent Homes Standard.
In total, more than 350 properties in areas such as South Shields, Durham, Gateshead, Ferryhill, Blackhall and Peterlee are included in the 2015/16 planned maintenance programme.
The work will include installing 50 new kitchens at the 100-year-old aged miners homes in Marsden Road, South Shields.
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.”