Agenda item

Public Questions and Petitions

To receive any questions or petitions from members of the public



Jennifer Fortune attended the Committee and asked the following question which the Chair answered:


Q1. Is the full amount of £90 million budgeted for the GV refurbishment secured now? If not, how much exactly has been secured and what are the plans for securing the rest of £90 million?


A1. This was agreed by the Council in March 2021. The estimated cost is contained within the Council’s Housing Investment Programme. For some areas like new build assumptions were made around the level of grant towards the cost and these are updated annually alongside the annual review of costs which also takes place annually to take account of current costs, inflation etc.


Q2. Which council officer lead and department in the council is in charge of the refurbishment of the existing housing?


A2. The Housing Service is in charge of this programme. My Head of Service Dean Butterworth is lead and we have appointed Dan Parry King is the Lead Project Manager for the delivery of the Masterplan.


Q3. What steps have been taken to establish a training and apprenticeship scheme in relation to a zero carbon retrofitting refurbishment that will be targeted at young people living on the Gleadless Valley estate?


A3. This forma part of the Council’s procurement strategy for all capital procurement, not just for Gleadless Valley.


Q4. What exactly are the Building Standards and heating methods that will be used in the re-furbishment of the council housing on Gleadless valley estate in order to achieve zero carbon by 2030?


A4. The plans for Gleadless Valley are not to bring all homes to Net Zero, existing homes to EPC C or the National Decent Homes Standard. If we can secure any external funding we will try and exceed this standard where this is affordable. New Build will meet current Building Regulation Standards/ Legislation which is at a higher performance standard at close to net zero.