Council to spend £6m on housing

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Councillors have approved more than £6m of housing improvements across Deeside and the rest of Aberdeenshire.

Aberdeenshire Council will spend £6,274,000 carrying out major upgrade and improvement work to its residential properties.

The works will see improvements to hundreds of council properties across Aberdeenshire. They were approved by members of the Policy & Resources Committee on September 11.

Major structural repair work to 17 semi-detached blocks at Lumphanan and other Shire locations, was approved at an estimated cost of £2,387,000.

The work, which is expected to start in January next year, includes the repair of the structural frames of the properties, increasing thermal insulation,the replacement of doors and windows and upgrading of heating installations, bathrooms and kitchens.

A £710,000 project will see the removal of timber windows in 149 houses and two housing complexes and replacing them with A-rated high performance double-glazed windows.

Muirfield Contracts Ltd was approved to carry out the works to be carried out at locations across Aberdeenshire including Banchory.

Councillors also approved a further £345,000 to be spent upgrading the windows and doors in 77 residential properties in Aboyne and Peterhead.