Council’s property repair plan

ANGUS Council corporate services committee agreed at its meeting in Forfar on Thursday to invest £541,000 to ensure its properties are kept in good repair.

It will commit the cash to a variety of improvement works such as boiler replacement, external paintwork, joinery repairs and renewal of fire alarm systems.

Schools, leisure facilities, cemeteries, residential homes, libraries, public toilets and community centres are among the council buildings which will benefit.

Committee convener Councillor Mark Salmond explained: “The council is responsible for the maintenance of hundreds of buildings across the county. By ensuring they are maintained to the highest possible standards, we are investing in the local environment, saving money on repairs in the long term, and boosting the local economy.”

The funding for the works will come from the authority’s property renewals and repairs fund, established to meet the costs of urgent repairs and planned maintenance to properties which cannot be contained within departmental budgets.

Councillor Salmond added: “The council is committed to ensuring that supplementary funds are available to keep our properties to a high standard. It is important that while dealing with the current financial challenges, we also look to the future and continue to target resources as effectively as possible.”