HUCCLECOTE homes are having a huge £1.1million of improvements splashed out on them.
Gloucester City Homes has got under way with the major insulation programme at 59 homes, with a cost of £1.1million.
External walls will be insulated, roofs will be renewed and windows and doors will be replaced where needed to keep residents’ homes watertight and damp proof.
The news can’t come quick enough for mum-of-three Kelly Childs, from Colwell Avenue, who has battled with months of damp problems – the worst of which are in her eight-year-old asthmatic son Troy’s bedroom.
The 33-year-old mum said: “I complained about the damp problem six months ago because Troy suffers from asthma and it has been a real worry.
“I am pleased the work is finally starting and I have got my fingers crossed that it will solve the problem.”
She added that she had moved into the home in 2010 with Troy and her two other children, Verity, seven, and Isabelle, six, but quickly found damp problems.
“It has been a long time coming this work and I’ve been doing everything I can to keep the damp at bay,” she said.
Scaffolding was erected around a number of properties this week as workers prepare to start fitting the new insulation and replacing roofs and windows.
Ashley Green, chief executive of Gloucester City Homes, said: “The work we are doing is like creating a new home. It will give the building’s a new lease of life for the next 30 years.”
A spokeswoman for the city’s leading housing provider added: “This type of work will preserve the external fabric of the non-traditional stock we manage and maintain in this area.
“It will also improve the energy efficiency of these properties, helping to support residents by driving down the cost of their heating and energy bills.
“Similar schemes of work have already saved our residents around £300 per annum.”
On completion of the work in the Hucclecote area, further programmes have been developed to continue installing external wall insulation to all non-traditional properties managed and maintained by City Homes.
The work is being part-funded by Energy Climate Obligation and also comes with a 30-year assured life guarantee.