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New kitchen and bathrooms planned for council homes

Plans have been approved to continue the upgrading of kitchens and bathrooms in council properties across Swansea.

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Swansea Council has been using contractors to complete the renewal programme and in the last five years 5300 properties have had new kitchens and 5583 properties have had new bathrooms. 

The works are part of the Council's aims to bring all council homes up to the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) by 2020.

The latest plans presented at Cabinet (Sept 20) means various contractors will now be appointed to continue the work and will fit new kitchens and bathrooms in 5,500 properties between now and 2020.

The investment is more than £50 million during the next three years and will help all council properties meet the required standards. The works are predominantly funded by revenue from council rents with support from the Welsh Government.

Barbara John was one of the first to have a new kitchen installed at her home in Penlan. Barbara said:  "I am so proud of it and keep showing it off to anyone who comes to the house.  

"I have lived here all of my life as it was my parents' house before they passed away.  

"I never thought I would ever have a kitchen as lovely as this.  I can't think of a bad word to say about the whole process."

Andrea Lewis, Cabinet Member for Homes and Energy, said: "We have committed to ensuring all council homes meet the WHQS and enable our council tenants to live in a good quality home they feel safe in.

"We have already invested millions carrying out this work during the last three years where many homes are already getting the benefit of new kitchens and bathrooms.

"We still have around half of our housing stock to complete and the awarding of these contracts will enable us to achieve this by 2020."

The works follow on from the Council's recent multi million pound development of the first council homes to be built in Wales in a generation.

Collier's Way at Blaenymaes features a series of 'passivhaus' - internationally recognised as low energy homes with energy efficient properties.

Plans have also recently been agreed to develop further new homes at Parc y Helyg in Birchgrove as part of a £2.8 million development.

Cllr Lewis added: "We are really proud of what has been achieved so far with the creation of new council homes in the city. We are continuing on with these plans by developing more new homes that residents and the Council can be proud of."

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