Tenants to get better homes in £1.6m scheme

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MORE than 1,100 homes in Chorley will be improved in a new £1.6m investment scheme.

Chorley Community Housing – which took over Chorley Council’s housing stock six years ago – announced its plans for the coming year this week.

The work will include:

100 roof replacements

50 kitchen improvements

Central heating for 48 homes

Around 40 off-street car parking spaces

In addition, 200 homes will also get new soffits and fascias.

Richard Houghton, CCH’s director of operations, said: “Following on from the £37m investment in our housing stockb completed as one of our transfer promises to tenants, we are continuing to upgrade CCH’s properties.

“The investment of £1.6m is in addition to the schemes on site at Northgate Drive, Ashby Street and Harestone Avenue and is designed to ensure our homes remain up to date and well maintained.”

Car parking is to be provided at 12 different sites, including Calder Avenue in Chorley, where new hard standings are to be provided for eight vehicles so that car drivers do not have to park on the grass verges.

“We have provided more than 200 car parking spaces in the past year and have now delivered on our transfer promise to tenants to provide almost 1,000 off-street car parking spaces where practicable.

“However, if further parking hotspots are brought to our attention, we will consider providing more car parking, and these 40 spaces are in response to that.”

Flats on the Chorley Moor estate at Crook Street, Grisedale Place, Scawfell Road, Troutbeck Road, Yates Street and Derwent Road have been earmarked for cosmetic works to improve the overall appearance of the area following on from similar works at Harestone Avenue.

Coun Adrian Lowe, who is responsible for housing at Chorley Council, said: “I’m pleased that CCH are continuing to invest in their properties.

“It will help to ensure we have a good social housing stock in Chorley.”