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Barnsley Council approves almost £2m for greener council homes

Through it’s council-controlled housing company, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council is investing more than £20m into council homes across the town over the next year – including almost £2m to make the properties more environmentally sustainable.

Reporting on its performance over the past 12 months, Berneslai Homes highlighted plans to invest into improving the council homes it manages.

This would include spending £1m on flood resilience in Lundwood, £13.5m on homes standard works, £2m on adaptations, and £1.6m on ‘extensive works’.

To improve the green credentials of their council housing, £1.9m on zero carbon works such as air source heating, solar panels and insulations, and a further £70,000 on heating upgrades.

The company said: “We’re investing in our homes to improve energy efficiency, reduce our carbon footprint and support the council become net carbon zero by 2040.”

Berneslai Homes plan to introduce an online repairs system next summer, allowing tenants to track, book and change repair appointments easily.

Dan Crossley, Head of Repairs, Maintenance and Building Safety, added: “It’s been a challenging year running the repairs service, but we still managed to deliver against most of our targets, improve our approach to building safety, welcome our new partner Wates and made a start developing our new repair IT system.”

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