TENANTS BENEFIT FROM DOUBLE GLAZING
THOUSANDS of Carmarthenshire tenants are enjoying warmer homes thanks to a £17 million double glazing scheme.
Families across the county are feeling the benefits of new uPVC windows and doors.
Works have been completed at more than 9,000 council homes, and all houses will be completed by April – four years ahead of target.
Carmarthenshire County Council is behind the programme, which has been rolled out over the past five years.
It forms part of the £200 million Homes Standard scheme which is aimed at improving the authority’s housing stock and regenerating housing estates.
Huge refurbishment schemes are underway, with works including painting and rendering, garden improvements and upgrades to kitchens and bathrooms being carried out.
Project managers say they are delighted with the progress that has been made with the windows and doors scheme.
The works are reducing heating costs and improving energy efficiency in council homes.
There are also benefits for tenant’s health because cold conditions can lead to respiratory conditions and are linked to depression and anxiety.
Homes Standard Manager Rachel Davies said: “This work was prioritised because tenants told us they specifically wanted new windows and doors.
“We are delighted that is has been completed so far ahead of schedule and that so many people are feeling the impact.
“The works have not only made homes warmer for our tenants but there will be energy efficiencies and benefits for health too.”
The ten year Homes Standard programme has led to national acclaim for the authority in recent months.
The housing service has clinched the prestigious Excellence Wales Award for its work and also won first prize in the coveted APSE annual services awards.
The project was flagged up as a beacon of excellence for others to follow at both ceremonies.
The authority has also been highlighted by the Energy Saving Trust as one of the top performing councils in the UK for its cavity and wall insulation programmes.
Housing Executive Board Member cllr Hugh Evans said: “The council is committed to providing the very best housing service for tenants and programmes like this are having a direct impact on the health of people living in Carmarthenshire.
“I am delighted that the works have been completed so far ahead of schedule and I commend all those involved.”