Published 03 May 2023

Multi storey blocks across West Dunbartonshire will undergo a raft of improvements following a consultation with tenants.

An action plan to enhance the standards in each of the 19 blocks includes steps to improve heating, reimagine common areas and enhanced cleaning.

Building fabric surveys will be undertaken in all multi storeys to ensure they remain in good condition, with damp and mould sensors installed to help tenants keep a .healthy home as well as alert the Council to work required.

In addition, a pilot project trialing noise insulation will be undertaken in void properties to ascertain whether this is a measure which can be rolled out in tenanted properties; the waste disposal strategy will be reviewed; and officers will work with residents on plans to improve the immediate greenspace/parking around the blocks.

The priorities were identified by a 12-week consultation which encouraged members of each households to share their ideas and feedback.

Councillor Gurpreet Singh Johal, Convener of Housing and Communities, said: “I am pleased that we received a good response to the consultation from all blocks and the residents have provided us with a clear idea of what they would like to see improved in their home and block.

“As our multi storey blocks are now over 50 years old, they require ongoing investment to ensure they remain fit for the future. This will take shape in the form of continued in-property investment like kitchens and bathrooms, and now whole block investment looking at energy efficiency, heating, roofs, windows, lifts and common spaces.

“We have listened to what the tenants in these blocks have identified as their priorities and now we will act to make these improvements a reality.”

Councillor Hazel Sorrell, Vice Convener of Housing and Communities, added: “I hope our tenants feel reassured that their voices have been listened to, and their feedback taken on board.

“It is fantastic to see so many tenants participating in the consultation to let us know what their priorities are. Tenants are at the heart of everything we do and their viewpoints were essential when devising this action plan of improvements.”