Refurb of housing to finish in summer

HOUSING REFURB: Lead member for housing and property Mary Bruce, left, with housing officer Marlene Hendy and site manager Emanuel Hirs in the open-plan kitchen/dining room of one of the Seamount Road properties undergoing refurbishment

HOUSING REFURB: Lead member for housing and property Mary Bruce, left, with housing officer Marlene Hendy and site manager Emanuel Hirs in the open-plan kitchen/dining room of one of the Seamount Road properties undergoing refurbishment

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A £1.3 MILLION project to refurbish 18 Ramsey Commissioners’ public sector properties in Brookhill Road and Seamount Road is on schedule to be completed this July.

A site inspection of two houses in Seamount Road gave board members and town hall officers an opportunity to view progress on the refurbishment programme.

The programme of works includes re-roofing, external finish in render and dash, re-wiring, new bathrooms, open plan kitchen/dining space, replacement windows and replacement of eaves, fascias, rainwater goods and soil stacks.

Built in the 1950s, the properties are being upgraded by the commissioners in partnership with the Department of Social Care, through which funding of public sector housing is supported.

The same partnership also funded installation of full central heating, cavity wall and loft insulation and new external doors in 2009-10.

Commissioners’ lead member for housing and property Mary Bruce was joined on site by fellow commissioners Geoff Quayle and Brian Beattie, housing officer Marlene Hendy and town clerk and chief executive Peter Whiteway, together with contracts director Phil Bentham and site manager Emanuel Hirs of contractors NK Joinery Limited.

Mrs Bruce said: ‘The upgrading programme gives these houses a new lease of life and provides tenants with greater comfort and convenience.

‘It also brings a welcome boost to the island’s construction industry, and in this the commissioners are grateful for the continued support of the Department of Social Care.

‘In addition, some tenants have taken the opportunity to move to smaller accommodation more suited to their household’s needs, thereby freeing up a number of these three-bedroom homes for larger families.’

Town clerk Peter Whiteway said there are currently 134 applicants on the town’s housing waiting list. Allocation of newly freed-up properties may be to people on the list or to existing tenants whose current accommodation is no longer suitable, being either too big or too small for their needs.

The scheme is being project managed by Ramsey-based Dalrymple Associates in association with quantity surveyors Magee & Co and engineering and planning supervisors Holmes Grace.

While the work is in progress, tenants are being accommodated in decant properties amongst the new houses being built at the former Lezayre Estate site in Ramsey.

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