Tenants' Delight At End Of Decent Homes
Published by Michael Ord for South Tyneside Homes in Housing and also in Communities
Henley House residents Olive Mulley, Thelma Richardson and Betty Jones are joined by Supported Housing Team Manager Adam Hagg, Director of Finance and Support Services Brian Scott and Ward Councillors Sherie Murphy and Alison Strike.
Tenants at a Boldon Colliery housing scheme are celebrating the completion of major Decent Homes refurbishments to their sheltered accommodation.
The Henley House residents enjoyed a get-together with Boldon Colliery Ward Members and South Tyneside Homes' officers and workmen, over tea and cakes, to officially mark the end of the improvement work at their flats and communal areas.
The modernisations, which were coordinated by the company's Asset Management Team and carried out by its own Property Services workforce, saw the individual flats receiving new kitchens, new bathrooms (with walk-in showers), partial rewires, new fire doors installed and decoration work to kitchens and bathrooms.
The communal areas received new suspended ceilings, new emergency lighting, energy-efficient motion detector lighting, a newly fitted kitchen, a hairdressing salon and scooter storage room.
Tenants are delighted with the improvements to their homes. Commenting on her flat, Mrs Olive Mulley said: "It's beautiful. I love my walk-in shower." Mrs Thelma Richardson agreed, adding that the workmen had been "wonderful." She said: "They were very jolly and a great work-team."
Mr Tom Baxter, another tenant, said: "It's made a vast improvement. Money well spent."
Ward Member Councillor Sherie Murphy said: "The tenants are all delighted about the improvements to their homes. But equally as important, congratulations must go to the workforce as the tenants were clearly pleased to have them working in their homes, and that's a big help."
Councillor Alison Strike said: "The refurbishments are fabulous and it's certainly improved the communal area a great deal, as it used to be open plan."
Councillor Joanne Bell added: "The work that has been carried out is first class. The finishes and equipment installed is of a very high standard and the residents are delighted with the improvements. Congratulations to all involved for a job very well done."
Brian Scott, Director of Finance and Support Services for South Tyneside Homes, said: "I'd like to thank you all for putting up with the work while it was ongoing. I know it can be a difficult time but it's lovely to see the work that's been done. The whole project has been well thought out and there are some superb additions."