FLINTSHIRE Council is planning to invest almost £13 million in the next financial year to improve its housing stock.
Proposed capital funding of £12.8m will be pumped in to upgrading council houses after the move received support from its housing overview and scrutiny committee.
Speaking at a meeting of the committee, chairman Cllr Ron Hampson described the council house revamp programme as “ambitious.”
In 2011, a six-year improvement plan was approved by the previous administration, commencing in the 2012-13 financial year.
At the end of the programme all council houses will have a Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) standard kitchens, heating systems and smoke detectors, with 1,300 homes expected to have WHQS standard bathrooms.
2014-15 will be the third year of the programme, with the council intending to spend a total of £103m to bring the properties up to scratch by 2020. Council leader Aaron Shotton said the authority can meet the set standards in six years time without the need to borrow any extra money.
Almost £10m of the £12.8m allotted budget will be spent on meeting the WHQS housing standards. A quarter of the £2m allocated for non WHQS work will be put towards emptying and the subsequent demolition of the Flint Maisonettes.
The proposed budget will see council house rents increase by an average of £3.30-a-week.
The multi-million pound investment will be spent on improving the 7,417 homes and 1,766 garages owned by the council, as well as 94 homes in which it has a leasehold interest.
Last month, the council announced a target of 200 jobs and 20 apprenticeships to be created as part of the improvement programme.
During the meeting, Cllr Peter Curtis said it was good to see some of the doom and gloom lifted from the committee by the funding news.
“It is gratifying, after all the negativity we have had in this committee, to see we are moving in the right direction,” he said.