Refurbishment works to hundreds of properties set to take place in Red Hall

Refurbishment works to hundreds of properties set to take place in Red Hall

Refurbishment works to hundreds of properties set to take place in Red Hall

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THE final stage of a 15 year plan to update Darlington’s council housing stock is set to get underway with the refurbishment of dozens of properties in the Red Hall area of the town.

The £3m two year project to regenerate Red Hall will include the demolition of 56 properties in the Courts area of the estate, with consultation underway to find new homes for remaining residents.

Improvement works have previously taken place in council owned homes in Skerne Park, Firthmoor and Parkside, with major rebuilding and renovation schemes currently underway in Cockerton.

Darlington Borough Council said the works will provide tenants with quality housing that provides a good standard of living.

Work in Red Hall is expected to start in the coming months and will be paid for by an increase in the weekly rent paid by tenants, which was agreed by the Tenants Board.

As well as the demolition works to properties deemed too expensive to repair, the programme of improvements for the estate includes external cladding for about 200 properties, new double glazing and external doors for 150 properties and better boundary fencing.

A small number of homes will have improvements to access points and electric storage heaters will be replaced with gas central heating in 22 homes.

Public pathways and street lighting will also be improved around the estate.

A council spokeswoman said there was no set timescale for the works to take place, with the rehoming of residents in properties earmarked for demolition to be dealt with first.

Affected tenants will be given priority on housing lists at the council and housing officers will meet with each tenant to give them advice on alternative accommodation and compensation.

The spokeswoman said: “This is an exciting project that will enable the council to continue to offer good quality, energy efficient accommodation that people will want to live in and look after.

“We are working with those affected by the redevelopment to help them find suitable accommodation and to give advice where needed.

“We want to make their move to a new home as seamless and pain free as possible.”

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4:03pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Ian James says...

I've heard some of the tenants whose homes are getting knocked down are getting 4700 quid to move out and gettin rehoused to. Not bad, considering most people would move from the Fort Apache estate for nowt!! lol.
I've heard some of the tenants whose homes are getting knocked down are getting 4700 quid to move out and gettin rehoused to. Not bad, considering most people would move from the Fort Apache estate for nowt!! lol. Ian James
  • Score: 11

4:04pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Mike2012 says...

I heard it was a little less, still shocking if true though, if you can't afford a mortgage, then you shouldn't be getting subsidised for moving! Whole estate wants knocking down anyway!
I heard it was a little less, still shocking if true though, if you can't afford a mortgage, then you shouldn't be getting subsidised for moving! Whole estate wants knocking down anyway! Mike2012
  • Score: 14

6:45pm Mon 17 Mar 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

Must be nice eh.
Must be nice eh. thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
  • Score: 3

7:55pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Mr bright side says...

Whole place needs to be knocked down along with everyone who lives on there. Bunch of sponging knobheads with only less then a quarter of them actually in work and the rest are baby factorys! Bloody typical, and anyone who disagrees are as bad as they are, lets look on the brightside!!
Whole place needs to be knocked down along with everyone who lives on there. Bunch of sponging knobheads with only less then a quarter of them actually in work and the rest are baby factorys! Bloody typical, and anyone who disagrees are as bad as they are, lets look on the brightside!! Mr bright side
  • Score: 0

8:12pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Border Terrier says...

Wayne and Waynetta live there!
Wayne and Waynetta live there! Border Terrier
  • Score: 1

8:14pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Border Terrier says...

Knock the lot down, then build a slum!
Knock the lot down, then build a slum! Border Terrier
  • Score: 2

9:01pm Mon 17 Mar 14

donna 25 says...

Mr bright side wrote:
Whole place needs to be knocked down along with everyone who lives on there. Bunch of sponging knobheads with only less then a quarter of them actually in work and the rest are baby factorys! Bloody typical, and anyone who disagrees are as bad as they are, lets look on the brightside!!
Alot ov my family live on there n have done since it was built years ago so dnt judge every 1 by another person my family also own there own homes and work upto 2 jobs n far from spongers
[quote][p][bold]Mr bright side[/bold] wrote: Whole place needs to be knocked down along with everyone who lives on there. Bunch of sponging knobheads with only less then a quarter of them actually in work and the rest are baby factorys! Bloody typical, and anyone who disagrees are as bad as they are, lets look on the brightside!![/p][/quote]Alot ov my family live on there n have done since it was built years ago so dnt judge every 1 by another person my family also own there own homes and work upto 2 jobs n far from spongers donna 25
  • Score: 4

9:10pm Mon 17 Mar 14

MAGPIES12 says...

council housing has provided an affordable dwelling place those less well of
a foothold onto saving for a deposit etc
it seems to me that we should learn from china when it comes to building
consider a multi story building able to house more than a thousand people
built and ready to move into in ...less than 4 weeks...
check it out on internet ..prefabricated tower blocks to very high spec
with a small environmental footprint ....saving the land
we might have started the industrial revolution but we are miles behind
other countries now.
red hall was built on marsh land & was always going to be problematic
and for the lopsided bloke who said demolish the estate AND the people
you are ignorant probably Tory well of living in cuckoo land NOT the real world..
council housing has provided an affordable dwelling place those less well of a foothold onto saving for a deposit etc it seems to me that we should learn from china when it comes to building consider a multi story building able to house more than a thousand people built and ready to move into in ...less than 4 weeks... check it out on internet ..prefabricated tower blocks to very high spec with a small environmental footprint ....saving the land we might have started the industrial revolution but we are miles behind other countries now. red hall was built on marsh land & was always going to be problematic and for the lopsided bloke who said demolish the estate AND the people you are ignorant probably Tory well of living in cuckoo land NOT the real world.. MAGPIES12
  • Score: 1

10:47pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Mr bright side says...

mr magpies i don't believe your looking on the Brightside!!!!!!
mr magpies i don't believe your looking on the Brightside!!!!!! Mr bright side
  • Score: 2

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