West Lothian Council is continuing work on the upgrading and replacement of roof coverings and render coatings to properties throughout West Lothian.

The work is part of the council’s Housing Capital Investment Programme which includes an investment towards improving and maintaining existing housing stock and ensuring all properties are legally compliant.

A total of approximately £30 million is being split among a number of areas to achieve this between 2021 and 2023 with £3.9m being invested on the current render and roofing programme.

The properties which are benefitting from the work have been identified as requiring upgrades through maintenance inspections and stock condition surveys. The same methods have been employed in order to identify further properties to be included in future works.

The works comprise the design and upgrading of roof and/or render to properties and include: the replacement of flat/pitched roof coverings, associated joinery work and rainwater goods; chimney repairs and removals; external wall render upgrade with rainwater goods replaced where required; footpath repairs/ replacements where required and installation of PIR security lights where required.

Throughout the project, work has been carried out with the utmost care to ensure the safety of the occupants and the public while aiming to create as little disruption as possible.

The upgrading of wall and roof fabric is a key priority for the council to ensure the housing stock is sustains its Scottish Housing Quality Standard.

This work is merely a fraction of nearly 13,500 jobs being carried out in the current financial year 2021/22 as part of the Housing Capital Investment Programme.

Executive councillor for services for the community, George Paul visited a site in Whitburn where works have recently been completed.

He said: “The council continues to make significant investments towards enhancing existing council properties.

“It was a pleasure to meet the team carrying out the work here in Whitburn. You can see the quality of work completed so far here on site and this is just one of the many projects underway across West Lothian aimed at ensuring our properties continue to remain of the highest standard for West Lothian tenants.”

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