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£37m investment to help meet housing standards in Fife

Councillor Judy Hamilton, Councillor David Ross, Derek Muir, Ken Gourlay and John Rodigan at the exhibition.

Councillor Judy Hamilton, Councillor David Ross, Derek Muir, Ken Gourlay and John Rodigan at the exhibition.

 

Council tenants have had the chance to find out about planned improvements to their homes at the Council’s Better Homes Exhibition.

Over £37 million will be spent by Fife Council as it aims to ensure all its homes meet the Scottish Housing Quality Standard – as laid down by the Scottish Government – by 2015.

At the exhibition, held in Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, and attended by 900 people, tenants were able to view displays of kitchens, showers, windows, doors, roofing, heating systems, and energy efficiency measures.

As Fife’s Fuel Poverty Conference was being held at the same venue, the exhibition opened its doors for the first time to the wider public to encourage access to dedicated advice linked to reducing domestic fuel costs.

Councillor Judy Hamilton, executive member for housing, said: “Now in its fifth year, our Better Homes Exhibition is going from strength to strength.

“We are delighted that so many Council tenants and members of the public attended the event to see for themselves the measures we are taking to improve the quality of council housing in Fife.”

The Scottish Housing Quality Standard requires properties to be in a good state of repair with modern facilities, energy efficient, safe and secure.

Fife Council is on track to achieve this standard for the vast majority of its houses, with over 80 per cent compliance expected to be achieved by the end of this month.

Derek Muir, head of housing and neighbourhood services, said: “The investment made in tackling poor housing and building new housing in Fife is helping to provide high quality houses our tenants can enjoy, be proud to live in, and afford to heat.”

 

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