Housing group seeks Government cash for homes revamp

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 June 2012

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FUNDING to improve hundreds of homes on Weston’s Bournville estate could be granted before the end of the year.

Alliance Homes has been attempting to get a Government grant to reduce energy bills at properties it manages on the estate.

Around 400 deck-access flats and maisonettes in the area owned by the organisation are eligible for the funding.

Alexandra and Hillsborough House shared housing blocks could also be set for improvements.

Jo Harper, a spokesman for the organisation, said: “Alliance Homes has been looking to obtain funding through a government scheme aimed at helping to cut energy bills and contribute to taking low income families out of fuel poverty.”

If granted, properties could see a facelift, with new insulation put onto houses’ fronts, topped with new fascias, in an effort to cut electricity bills and make homes more energy efficient.

New boilers will also be fitted in 115 homes, which will be A-rated for efficiency.

If the funding is successful, letters will be sent to all tenants outlining how the changes may affect them in terms of disruption to their homes.

An open day will also be held at the Information Station in Lonsdale Avenue to allow residents to come and discuss how changes might affect them.

Alliance Homes spokesman Shane Edwards said: “This will mean lower energy bills for people living in these properties.

“This is going to bring them up to the modern standards of insulation. At the moment there is just a five per cent chance that it won’t happen.”

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