Homes made fit for another thirty years
TENANTS of council homes in Bristol with "concrete cancer" have seen repairs get underway.
Some 400 defective homes in Sea Mills, Lawrence Weston, Henbury and Lockleaze are being refurbished under a programme being led by Bristol City Council, which will be complete by February 2014 and aims to make the homes fit for at least another 30 years of use.
The PRC (pre-cast reinforced concrete) properties are defective because the steel frames which were used to build them have corroded.
The council had wanted to tear down most of the homes and rebuild them but changed its mind in 2009.
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City councillor Simon Rayner (Lib Dem, Kingsweston) said the fate of PRC homes had been the biggest issue in his ward.
He said: "It's an important moment for the communities in Sea Mills and Lawrence Weston because both areas have been blighted by the threat of demolition. I'm quite proud to have played a role in stopping that.
"It's taken a while to come up with a new solution and it's good to see that's really moving forward."