Chesterfield council homes get £18.6m repairs

Council homes in part of Derbyshire are to benefit from a £18.6m programme of improvements.

Chesterfield Borough Council said the work would include replacing central heating, repairing roofs and upgrading kitchens.

As well as using council teams, some contracts would be made available to local firms, officials said.

The authority said it wanted to get all its 10,000 properties up to national standards before a 2015 deadline.

Councillor Jim McManus, the council's executive member for housing, said: "One of our corporate priorities is to ensure that everyone has access to a decent and affordable home.

"This significant investment is designed to do just that and improve the quality of life for our council house tenants.

"At the moment 84 per cent of our council homes meet the Decent Homes Standard and we want to get that up to 100 per cent and hopefully exceed that standard in many cases."

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