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Hebburn Estate Looking Great

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Published by Michael Ord for South Tyneside Homes in Housing and also in Communities

Councillors Jim Foreman, Jim Sewell and Alan Kerr join officers from South Tyneside Homes and local residents of Lukes Lane for a celebration of the extensive refurbishment works to their homes. Councillors Jim Foreman, Jim Sewell and Alan Kerr join officers from South Tyneside Homes and local residents of Lukes Lane for a celebration of the extensive refurbishment works to their homes.

Lukes Lane: Modern and Warmer.

Tenants and owner-occupiers of Crosswalls non-traditional homes on Hebburn’s Lukes Lane estate have been celebrating the financial investment of £4.5 million worth of improvements made to their homes under South Tyneside Homes’ Decent Homes programme.

In total 148 Council homes have received external wrapping to front and rear walls, insulation for flat roofs, A-rated windows, and new composite doors as well as the range of internal modernisations.  This work will improve the energy efficiency and thermal qualities of the homes. 37 owner occupiers took the opportunity to have the external refurbishments done, with funding provided by energy company SSE (formerly Scottish and Southern Energy).  The programme that has run for eight months was managed by the Decent Homes Delivery Team and the work completed by partner contractor Esh Property Services. 

From the extensive work carried out, residents will benefit from warmer homes, improving their health and wellbeing and reducing fuel bills. Customer satisfaction has been excellent and South Tyneside Homes has received some fantastic feedback from very satisfied residents about the improvements that have transformed their homes and the appearance of the estates.

This non-traditional programme has been very complex to deliver, as a number of tenants with additional needs had to be temporarily rehoused during the work.

On 20th November Councillor Jim Foreman (Lead Member for Housing and Transport) joined Ward Members Jim Sewell and Alan Kerr, the South Tyneside Homes Delivery Team and local residents to enjoy a hot snack, cuppa and chat in the site office property to mark this milestone contribution to the non-trads programme.

Tenant Mrs Maureen Stewart of Hastings Parade said about her house, “I love it. I cannot complain at all and the workmen have all been very sociable,” while Paul and Louise Thompson of Southport Parade praised their shower room and black electric sockets which are now proving to be invaluable and aiding independence due to disability issues, saying, “This is a really great job.”

Owner occupiers Joseph and Jean Nicol of Blackpool Parade said, “We’ve been here since 1967 and this is the best thing ever to happen to Lukes Lanes estate.”

Other owner occupiers praised the scheme as it has now allowed them to obtain house insurance whereas previously non-traditional homes had been refused this.

Graham Morgan, Operations Director, Esh Property Services, said, “We are very proud of the extensive work we have carried out at Lukes Lane. We are delighted with the positive feedback we have received from happy tenants.”

Ross Thomson, Energy Efficiency Manager at SSE added, “SSE is delighted to have been able to work with South Tyneside Homes during such an ambitious programme of refurbishment and energy efficiency improvement works. The funding provided by SSE is to help reduce carbon emissions within domestic properties across the company. To hear of the benefits enjoyed by the occupants of such properties in the South Tyneside area as a result of this is great news.”


Speaking about the programme Councillor Sewell said, “The impact has been fantastic, especially to the heating of these homes, and the kitchens are brilliant too,” while Councillor Kerr added, “This has been wonderful for the residents, both the cladding and internal works.”

Councillor Foreman said, “The works on this estate are further proof that Decent Homes works to non-traditional homes dramatically improve both their appearance and energy efficiency, and well done to all concerned.”

Mark Whittle, Director of Investment for South Tyneside Homes said, “I am delighted that we have been able to make such a huge positive impact on Lukes Lane and to be receiving such positive comments from the residents here. Our Decent Homes works programme to non-traditional homes in the borough is one of the most extensive and ambitious of its kind in the country and is undoubtedly improving the estates both aesthetically and environmentally, and improving the lives of the people who live there.”

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