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What we've achieved in 2017/2018

What we've achieved in 2017/2018

In the last financial year the council have invested over £5.8 million on key projects improving the condition of the Housing stock within Clackmannanshire. The key contracts that were completed in 2017-18 are detailed below:

Work Completed 2017/18
Project Number of Houses Completed
Bathroom Replacement 10 Homes Completed
Kitchen Replacement 156 Homes Completed
Major Adaptations 35 Properties Completed
Damp Rot Eradication 45 Jobs Completed
Front Door Replacements 10 Homes Completed
Central Heating 420 homes upgraded with new central heating system with "A" Rated combi boiler
Safe Electrical Upgrade 103 Homes re-wired with a further 442 fully tested
Houses with Roof and Wall Replacement 83 Homes Completed
Roof Replacement 32 Homes Completed
Roughcast/Cladding Replacement 41 Homes Upgraded
Secure Door Entry Upgrade 46 properties benefit from upgrade across 8 common blocks
Fencing Replacement 103 properties with front and rear garden fences upgraded
Asbestos Testing 88 Asbestos Surveys Undertaken
Asbestos Removal Works 137 Asbestos Removals Undertaken
External Thermal Wall Upgrade 11 non-traditionally built homes completed
Stock Condition Surveys 418 Homes Surveyed
Refurbishment to Purchased Properties 6 Properties Upgraded
Window Replacement Programme 408 Houses Completed

Our Performance in Achieving the Scottish Housing Quality Standard (SHQS)

Using the charter methodology for assessment of SHQS, the council is currently 97.65% compliant. Reported failures and abeyances are as follows:

Failures   

  • Free From Disrepair - A total of 8 properties fail the SHQS Section B 
    "Free from Disrepair" criteria as at the 31st of March 2018

These are 6 flats in Alloa Town centre failing due to defective wall fabric. This is due to it being in excess of 20% failure of wall fabric.  Council properties are in a minority ownership within these blocks and agreement needs to be sought with sharing common owners in order to agree a programme of works. A further 2 were structural failures to an access walkway within Tullibody Road. Costs are being collated for refurbishment.

  • Health Safe and SecureA total of 48 properties are currently failing due to defective secure door entry systems to common flat entrances within Tillicoultry High Street and within Westercroft Flats in Alva South.

Abeyances Reported to the Scottish Government

These are recorded to the Scottish Housing Regulator where it has not been possible to carry out planned upgrades due to tenant refusals and failure to gain agreement from sharing private owners.  

  • Kitchen Replacements – 4 kitchens  due to physical size and layout
  • Secure Door Entry Replacements – There are 55 Council properties within 31 shared common blocks that require a secure door entry upgrade. This work has not been completed due to the failure to secure agreement with sharing owners with often the council in minority ownership. A new Secure Door Entry and Common area upgrade contract has been agreed and once again the council will attempt to secure agreement and programme failures. We have engaged with sharing owners previously and given the cost of works, there will continue to be challenges to secure agreement to allow work to procced.
SHQS Compliance at May 2018
SHQS Number of Properties failing Percentage Compliant
Tolerable Standard 0 100%
Free From Serious Disrepair 8 99.8%
Energy Efficiency 0 100%
Modern Facilities & Services 4 99.92%
Health, Safe & Secure 103 97.91%

Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH) Progress

The Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH) was launched by the Scottish Government in March 2014. This is a new energy efficiency rating for all Social Housing to be achieved by May 2020. It aims to encourage landlords to improve the energy efficiency of its housing stock. This is an enhancement of the previous Scottish Housing Quality Standard element 35.  

As at May 2018 Clackmannanshire Council is 71.69 %compliant with the EESSH standard. Good progress has been made during the year with a further External Wall Insulation programme tackling non-traditionally built homes (Cruden)  within Clackmannan , Sauchie , Alva , Tillicoultry and Alloa scheduled to complete by the 30th of June 2018.  Current failures are mainly due to our remaining non-traditionally built housing stock still to be upgraded within Alva and , previous central heating refusals within our programme , coal and electrically central heated properties and housing with older heating systems replaced prior to 2006.

Good progress has been made in 2017/18 through our window replacement and central heating upgrade programmes which have led to a higher number of compliant homes with the new standard.

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For Further Information Contact

Housing Investment Team
Kelliebank, ALLOA, FK10 1NT
Tel: 01259 452000
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