£6.7m investment to bring Levenmouth’s housing up to standard

New investment in Levenmouth
New investment in Levenmouth

Council houses in Levenmouth and the surrounding villages are to benefit from a mammoth £6.79 million investment.

A report presented at last week’s Levenmouth Area Committee outlined the planned improvement works which will take place over the next year.

They will help to ensure that all of the Council housing stock in the area meets the statutory Scottish Housing Quality Standard (SHQS), set by the Scottish Government, by 2015.

Currently, 81 per cent of homes across Fife comply with the standards.

In Levenmouth, a total of 1702 different jobs will be carried out in the next year to deliver a range of improvements including 492 improved heating systems, 492 new kitchens, and 11 new sets of windows and doors.

And leading the way is Methil with 82 repairs covering everything from new heating and kitchens, and rewiring, roofing and roughcasting.

It is closely followed by Leven which will see 79 improvements made.

Councillor Tom Adams, committee chairman, welcomned the news.

He said: “The improvements will make real differences for tenants in the Levenmouth area and allow us to offer more fit for purpose, comfortable homes.”

His sentiments were echoed by Cllr John O’Brien, who added: “I fully support this investment from Fife Council.

“New sites have been identified such as Durie street and Steelworks Brae and this investment in houses will attract more interest in the community than ever before.”

The total investment in the Kingdom is £37.6m, where 7110 council house improvements will be made.

It is expected that this initial investment could last for between 15 - 30 years, depending on the work being carried out.