MORE than £7m is being spent on modernising homes for armed forces families.
Defence Infrastructure Organisation, part of The Ministry of Defence, is refurbishing 195 homes on the Peak Lane Estate in Fareham.
Improvements include new kitchens and bathrooms with thermostatic showers, better loft insulation, new curtains, carpets and flooring, and new internal doors.
The homes also have new energy-efficient central heating and have been re-wired and re-decorated.
The latest round of refurbishments comes after 55 homes have already been modernised.
The properties provide accommodation for all service personnel, including those based at Portsmouth Naval Base, HMS Collingwood, and HMS Sultan.
Captain Paul Lemkes, Captain of the Base, Portsmouth Naval Base, said: ‘The houses now look like new builds. They are to such a high standard with a really excellent finish. It is fantastic to see the quality and standard we are aspiring to.’
Jane Williams, deputy chairwoman of the Naval Families Federation, said: ‘I see countless families these days who are struggling with high fuel bills in the old, inefficient properties. These are fantastic. They are fresh, modern, and clean.’