Hundreds of council tenants in Harrow are set to benefit from warmer homes and reduced bills as the London Borough of Harrow launches a £6 million investment plan over the next two years.
The programme aims to improve energy efficiency and safety in council blocks through various renovations and upgrades.
The extensive estate renovation plan includes a range of improvements, such as re-roofing, new insulation, replacement of windows, and flooring. Additionally, all council blocks will be equipped with emergency lighting to assist residents in case of a fire emergency.
During the council meeting tonight (July 27), the plan received unanimous approval from councillors. It was also decided that the work would be offered as small, self-contained contracts to encourage tenders from local, smaller businesses. The council believes that this approach will not only benefit tenants but also boost local business growth and create more opportunities for apprenticeships in the area.
Cllr Mina Parmar, Cabinet Member for Housing at the London Borough of Harrow, expressed her enthusiasm for the investment plan, stating, “We’re putting our residents first and investing in Harrow’s estates, not just to make them more pleasant places to live but also to improve safety and energy efficiency.
“These measures will help reduce heating bills for the long term and deter dampness and mould. I’m very happy to back this investment plan, which as well as helping tenants and improving their quality of life, will support the business community.”
The £6,234,000 investment plan over two years includes estate improvement projects in Harrow such as emergency lighting and rewiring for fire safety, repairs and upgrades to Stonegrove Gardens Estate, renewal and redecoration of Beatty Road Estate, roofing and external improvements for Park Gates, Tregenna, and Arundel Courts, as well as enhancements to Amy Johnson Court Estate, including roofing, redecoration, and structural repairs for better insulation and energy efficiency.
Mountside Estate will also receive improvements like new roofing, window upgrades, and replacements for better insulation and drainage.
Detailed information about the available work will be shared through the London Tenders Procurement Portal at londontenders.org. Tenants affected by the renovation projects will receive letters outlining the work to be completed in their respective living areas.
The investment plan not only aims to enhance living conditions for tenants but also fosters economic growth by supporting local businesses and encouraging apprenticeships in Harrow.