£1.6million home modernisation programme

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MORE than 100 homes are to be revamped thanks to £1.6million which has been set aside for a modernisation campaign.

The Accent Foundation has released the funds to carry out improvements to houses in the east of Easington Colliery, with new doors, windows, kitchens and bathrooms to be fitted by the end of the year.

The landlord’s investment has been celebrated by Councillor David Boyes, who represents the area on Durham County Council.

He said: “I welcome Accent’s investment and the refurbishment programme which is making a real difference for those residents who will benefit from the improvements now under way.”

“This is another step forward in the regeneration of Easington Colliery which has seen steady and continuing improvements in recent years, including new housing, refurbished homes, better parking, investment in Easington Social Welfare Centre and development of our stunning heritage coast.”

Dr Boyes believes the funds to work on 101 properties could prompt other homeowners to carry out work to their homes and improve the look of the former pit community.

He added: “Feedback from residents on Accent’s refurbishment programme is very positive.

“I hope the money will act as a catalyst for other landlords and homeowners to invest in their properties to boost rising housing standards across the area.”

Accent owns former colliery housing in Station Road, the village’s C streets and Chandler Court.

It is responsible for more than 500 homes across East Durham and will spend a total of £15million during the next three years refurbishing properties as part of an improvement programme, with others in Horden and Blackhall also part of the renewal efforts.

The organisation is also working alongside the area’s groups and agencies to regenerate East Durham through new projects.

They include a grant of £10,000 secured alongside Easington Colliery Methodist Church for sessions which will bring families together, £500,000 to open a centre for regeneration in Horden and £30,000 to employ 17 handyman apprentices and a supervisor working with East Durham Partnership.

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