DOZENS of Huddersfield homes have had a facelift as part of a major regeneration programme.
Nearly £700,000 has been invested to improve two streets in Lockwood.
But the spending has come in for criticism from a disgruntled taxpayer in another part of Huddersfield.
More than 75 privately-owned terraced houses on Mount Street and Upper Mount Street have been upgraded.
The work included painting timber window frames, replacing doors, gutters and drain pipes, cleaning and re-pointing stone, rebuilding garden walls and replacing railings.
Alleyways on the streets have also been improved as part of the £668,000 upgrade, which is funded by the Regional Housing Board.
The work is part of the Thornton Lodge and Lockwood Renaissance Programme, which has included renovation of homes on Manchester Road and Lockwood Road, as well as highway, street lighting and play area improvements.
The year-long upgrade began last September.
Kirklees Council’s Cabinet member for housing Clr Shabir Pandor said: “This is vital work in helping as many people as possible have access to a decent home at a price they can afford.
“It has really brightened up and improved the area, tackled important issues that affect quality of life for residents and is contributing to sustainable communities where people want to live and work.”
Some of the work has been completed by two trainees from the council’s Build programme who have worked alongside experienced bricklayers, taking down and rebuilding brick and stone walls.
But Andy Battye, of Meltham, is unhappy that public money is being spent on improving private houses.
He said: “Maybe a councillor can explain why, in these austere times, taxpayers’ money can be wasted on private homes.
“When will it be my turn? My house could do with a few thousand thrown at it.”