A FISHGUARD and Goodwick town councillor has welcomed the news that a housing association has pledged to renovate homes on Fishguard’s “forgotten” Gwelfor and Dan y Bryn estates.
Wales & West Housing this week revealed plans to invest £10m to modernise homes across west Wales in what they say is a move to reduce heating bills for residents and create new jobs for local contractors.
The upgrade work will see 350 new kitchens, 250 new bathrooms and thousands of new windows and doors installed in more than 1,500 homes previously managed by Tai Cantref in Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire.
And houses in Gwelfor and Dan y Bryn are among those in line for a revamp following what has proved a long wait for their occupants.
“This is welcome news as they’re obviously investing a sizeable amount of money,” Cllr Dennis Morris told the County Echo. “But because we’ve had promises before concerning both these estates we want to see this followed through.
“I have been told that the Gwelfor exteriors will be dealt with this summer, while the fencing around the Dan y Bryn play area will be replaced as soon as possible.”
The condition of properties on the estates was again drawn into sharp focus after Wales & West Housing – who merged with Tai Cantref last September – revealed plans for 30 affordable homes in Fishguard on land off Penwallis.
Cllr Morris said such homes should be made available to local people and subsquently told housing association chiefs that they could not expect local support for the Penwallis scheme while the condition of two existing estates “left a lot to be desired”.
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