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Our older properties need major investment, says Douglas councillor

Lord Street flats

Developments needed to cut growing waiting list

The chair of Douglas Council's housing committee says older properties in the capital need major investment.

Councillor Claire Wells wants any schemes progressed by the authority to outlast the loans taken in order to pay for them.

At the council's rate-setting meeting in January, she listed a number of ongoing projects for the year ahead,  including the redevelopment of Willaston estate, the Spring Valley estate, and longer-term plans for Lord Street.

Twelve million pounds in loans, supported by government's deficiency payments, will be taken to fund housing work over the next financial year.

Mrs Wells says it's vital these developments progress to help cut down the council's growing waiting lists for housing.

The housing chair also announced a capital loan would be taken to pay for further major repair work which is needed to bring unoccupied properties back online, whilst the maintenance budget would be kept for more minor repairs.

Local Democracy Reporter Ewan Gawne asked Mrs Wells to outline what plans the council has to invest in housing over the next year:

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