£2M boost as council completes 1,000 Better Homes

A Surbiton woman is the latest council tenant to benefit from a £65 million scheme to improve thousands of homes across the borough.

Donna Desbruslais’ home in King Charles Road is the 1,000th to be modernised since July 2012 under Kingston Council’s five-year Better Homes project.

Now the Mayor of London has agreed to give Kingston another £2 million earlier than planned in recognition of its impressive progress.

Better Homes is the biggest council housing investment programme in the borough for decades, and when finished all of Kingston Council’s homes will meet the Kingston Better Homes Standard, exceeding the government’s Decent Homes minimum standard.

Donna Desbruslais now has a new kitchen, new bathroom, new windows and new central heating.

Donna said:

“The transformation is truly amazing. It has made life so much easier and I have my dream kitchen.

“The workmen were always polite and friendly, I couldn’t find fault with anything they did.”

Councillor Patricia Bamford, Kingston Council’s Lead Member for Better Homes, visited Mrs Desbruslais in her refurbished home.

Councillor Bamford said:

“We’ve reached another important milestone and have exceeded our targets. We’re making great progress. Work is going well and is of a very high standard.

“We’re improving people’s homes and their quality of life. I’m pleased that so many people are really happy with what we’ve done for them.”

More than 90 per cent of tenants have said they are very satisfied with the work done to improve their homes.