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New kitchens unveiled in council houses in Basildon
10:00am Tuesday 21st August 2012 in Basildon
THE first of more than 300 new kitchens and bathrooms being installed in council houses across the borough have been unveiled.
As part of the Decent Homes programme – a Government-led initiative which requires a minimum standard in council houses – building firm Mitie was contracted by Basildon Council to modernise kitchens and bathrooms.
So far, 308 properties have been refurbished and officials from Mitie and the council officially unveiled some of the completed work at homes in Shrubbery Close, Basildon, on Friday.
Phil Turner, Basildon Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for housing, said: “I’m delighted our residents are benefiting from these works, having given the new kitchens and bathrooms their vote of approval.
“This is part of a wider £112million investment by Basildon Council to improve and modernise its 11,000-plus housing stock.”
Steve Hall, Mitie’s site manager, said: “I’m really glad the residents are so happy with the result, and everyone at Mitie is looking forward to transforming more homes in Basildon.”