Thurrock caretakers make sweeping changes

CARETAKERS and tenants from three councils shared mops, brushes and brains to find way to improve their estates last week.

People from Barking and Dagenham and Basildon joined with those from Thurrock in a “peer review” of tenants and housing managers to compare caretaking standards.

The exercise ─ from Monday, 14 to Wednesday, 16 May ─ provided an open platform for the three boroughs to share good practice and identify ways to deliver more value for money and quality of service for their residents.

The panel focused on three blocks from each borough where they examined such areas as car parks, garages and pathways to litter and graffiti removal, and cleanness of windows, rubbish chutes.

Cllr Andy Smith, Thurrock’s portfolio holder for Housing said: “I am delighted this review has turned out to be so productive.

“I’m sure we will continue to work even more closely with our neighbouring councils and residents and look forward to seeing significant improvements to our estates in the future.”

And Dave Torr, Chair of Millard Terrace Caring Association for Barking and Dagenham Council who attended the review added: “This project has been very enlightening, it’s been a great opportunity for us to get to know one another, compare services and exchange ideas.”

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