Upgrade helps East Renfrewshire warm up

Danny Devlin
Danny Devlin

Tenants across East Renfrewshire are set to benefit from major upgrades to their central heating systems after the council secured a £318,000 grant to carry out the work.

A total of 106 council homes will have the most energy efficient gas heating systems installed, helping to save energy, reduce fuel bills and make it easier for tenants to heat their home – keeping themselves and their families warm

The work will be funded through the Scottish Government’s Capital Acceleration Programme and will be carried out between January and March 2017.

Councillor Danny Devlin, convener for housing and maintenance services, said: “We are delighted to have secured this funding from the Scottish Government. It is the first time in many years that the grants have been offered to local authorities without the requirement for match funding to be provided, so it’s a fantastic opportunity for the council to capitalise on this. The welfare of our residents is our number one priority and this will help provide another step forward in continuing to deliver a high standard of housing.

“We had been planning to commence these upgrades next year as part of the council’s longer term investment into council houses, but this funding means work can start immediately and we can make a big difference to these households in a short space of time. It also releases resources for other council house projects, which will benefit other tenants across East Renfrewshire.”

The announcement comes after East Renfrewshire Council revealed they are investing £7.3million in building 120 affordable homes, as part of the council’s Strategic Housing Investment Plan, which will see a total of £10.4m invested into building more than 200 new homes for social rent by 2020.