Major repairs for Waterside houses

East Dunbartonshire Council is to carry out an intensive £125,000 programme of repairs to properties in the Waterside area of Kirkintilloch.

The Council has drawn up a schedule –including external painting, gutters repairs and replacement, render and brickwork repairs and repairs to fascia and soffits – known as planned, preventative maintenance.

The investment comes after Waterside tenants identified as having the lowest satisfaction levels in their council-owned properties. Private owners will also be able to pay to have the council perform similar work.

It is hoped the preventative work will save money in the long run by stopping any issues from becoming bigger bills.

Depute leader of the council and convener of neighbourhood services, Ashay Ghai said: “This will be a welcome facelift for Waterside, where we will repair things pro-actively, rather than waiting to fix things when they are broken.”

The Waterside area was chosen for these works in response to the findings from the annual tenant satisfaction survey which showed Waterside as having the lowest levels of tenant satisfaction.”

Letters have been sent to all households – both council and private – detailing the type of work which will take place. Owners are being given the chance to take part in the improvement programme and will be given quotes for the work they want carried out on their property.

Councillor Ghai added: “This announcement is great news for anyone living in Waterside. The works will take around six months to complete and I am confident the changes will speak for themselves.”