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Tenants to save after HA's £11m eco scheme

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Environment and also in Housing

Tenants to save after HA's 11m eco scheme Tenants to save after HA's 11m eco scheme

Social housing tenants in the West Midlands are set to save "hundreds of pounds" on their household bills after the completion of a £11 million eco improvement programme.

Social landlord Whitefriars Housing has spent three years making its homes more energy efficient - and has claimed that some tenants could see savings of up to £300 a year.

Contractor Wates Living Space, which carried out the works in partnership with British Gas, has made adaptations to more than 1,000 homes in Willenhall over the course of the programme.

General repair and security works have also been completed by Whitefriars’ contractor Homeworks, which have resulted in a 30% reduction in burglaries, according to police figures.

A community event was held in Willenhall to celebrate the completion of the programme, hosted by The Landscape Group who, having won a contract with Whitefriars to improve the external areas in Willenhall, also contributed towards the welfare of the community by hosting talks on employment and running work experience courses for residents. As a result, one local resident has achieved a full-time job with its ground maintenance team in Coventry.

Nick Brett, project manager at The Landscape Group, said: “Our work with Whitefriars is an excellent example of how working together has delivered real benefits and opportunities for the local community.

“The improvements we have made to the outdoor areas in Willenhall and Willenhall Wood mean that residents can now make the most of those spaces.”

The project is the first to be completed under Whitefriars’ new investment model of carrying out mass improvements to single areas, and creating places where people are proud to live and work. It has involved a number of improvements being made to both their properties and the surrounding areas.

Mitchell Allan, investment programme manager at Whitefriars, said: “We are delighted with the results of the improvement scheme and the real benefit the works have had on our residents and their standard of life.

“Having seen how well this investment model has worked, we hope to use it again to make improvements to other neighbourhoods in Coventry.”

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