CONTRACTORS working with Thurrock Council’s housing team on the Transforming Homes project are working to bring all of the borough’s war memorials up to the finest standard before the First World War centenary on 4 August this year.
Lakehouse, Wates and Keepmoat will be doing the work – at no cost to the council or council trax payers – as part of their Transforming Homes contract.
Barbara Brownlee, the council’s director of housing, explained: “All three contractors have committed to refurbishing and cleaning all the borough’s war memorials at no cost to the council or residents.
“The only exception is Horndon-on-the-Hill where a local contractor had already agreed to do this work for no cost.
“The work on the memorials will be completed to a council specification and the high standard of this can be seen at Tilbury where the memorial was refurbished earlier this month by Wates.”
Phil Sperring, Business Director (South Maintenance) of Wates Living Space added: “In Thurrock we have committed to a number of initiatives that we hope will have a positive impact on the local community.
“The refurbishment of the war memorial in Tilbury was a particularly important project and it is rewarding to see how well the work has been received by residents – so much so that it has led to the refurbishment of all memorials in the area.
“The memorials provide Thurrock residents with a place to commemorate local people who lost their lives fighting for the country and we are proud to be able to play such an integral part in the restoration process.”
This work is part of. a range of legacy commitments which the Transforming Homes contractors are undertaking. This includes, community kitchens, benches, offering a dozen local people apprenticeships, and using 80 local residents on the delivery team.
Transforming Homes is Thurrock Council’s £68 million project which started last summer and over five years will see all the council’s 10,300 homes assessed – with many expected to have significant improvements.