East Ayrshire Council commits £62m for 604 new homes

East Ayrshire Council has unveiled a £131 million programme to build 604 new homes and refurbish hundreds of others as part of a scheme to provide ‘sustainable and quality homes’ for nearly 13,000 tenants.

The authority said it would commit around £63 million to build the new homes over the next five years.

A further £68 million will be spent upgrading existing homes with central heating, modern kitchens and bathrooms, and roof, door and window replacement.

Eoghann MacColl, cabinet member for housing and communities at the council, said: "We have already fully achieved the Scottish Housing Quality Standard for all of our stock and are making excellent progress towards meeting the national energy efficiency targets.

"Over the next five years, 600 new homes will be built in East Ayrshire and hundreds more improved, as we embark on this exciting and ambitious programme of refreshing and renewing our housing."

The council said it would work with tenants to offer alternative accommodation while improvements were being made.