28 July 2016

Roofs to thousands of council homes are being repaired and maintained as part of a multi-million pound housing investment programme.

Now Sheffield City Council and its contractors are warning children to stay safe and not to climb on scaffolding up across the city.

A total of 26,000 homes are having new roofs or having roofing work done as part of the authority’s £300million, five-year investment programme.

Jill Hurst, Head of Council Housing Investment and Repairs, said: “There are many fun things to do over the summer holiday. Playing on scaffolding is not one of them.

“Doing so is dangerous and can result in serious injury or death. Please stay safe and stay away from scaffolding and building sites.”

The authority receives reports of children playing around building works throughout the year and wants to avoid an increase over the summer holiday.

The roofing work is part of Sheffield City Council’s £300million council housing investment programme which is also improving kitchens, bathrooms, windows and doors, heating systems and communal areas. It is funded through the council’s Housing Revenue Account, with the roofing element worth £90million.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for housing, said: “We’re delivering a massive £300million investment programme for our council homes, to make them better for tenants.

“We’ve had very positive feedback so far.

“Our priority is making sure the work is carried out safely and I urge young people to stay away from scaffolding and other building work.”

Visit http://www.sheffieldhomes.org.uk/myHome/ImprovingYourHome.aspx for more information about the council housing investment programme.