5,000th property improved as part of Transforming Homes programme

Milestone property improved as part of Transforming Homes programme

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WORKS have been completed on a milestone property as Thurrock Council’s programme to refurbish all council homes in the borough continues.

Wates Living Space, one of the council’s two contractors working on its Transforming Homes scheme, has celebrated the completion of works at its 5,000th property. The home in Elmway, Stifford Clays, has benefited from a replacement kitchen, a new adapted bathroom, upgraded electrics and a new front door.

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Overall, improvements have now been made to almost 9,000 council homes in Thurrock across all contracts as part of the Transforming Homes programme, which was first launched in 2013.

Council tenant Brian Johnson, who lives at the milestone property, said: “There isn’t a word in the dictionary to describe how much we appreciate what Thurrock Council and Wates Living Space have done.

“It’s not just about the new kitchen and bathroom, the team have listened to our story and we have got to know them all.

“These improvements have transformed our lives. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Cllr Barry Johnson, Thurrock Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We believe everyone should have a good quality home and are committed to investing in improvements to our existing council homes, as well as building hundreds more over the next five to ten years.

“Almost 9,000 council homes have now benefitted from the Transforming Homes programme and I am delighted to hear the works at this particular property have made such a huge improvement to the family’s lives.

“Much of the improvements to date have been focused on internal areas such as new kitchens and bathrooms, rewiring and installing energy efficient boilers, however the emphasis this year is shifting towards external improvements such as replacement windows and roofing.

“We look forward to continuing to work with both Wates Living Space and our other contractor, United Living, as we continue to improve the quality of housing available to our tenants.”

David Morgan, Managing Director of Wates Living Space, added: “The scale of Thurrock Council’s investment in transforming the borough’s homes has made a huge impact on people’s lives and we’re very proud to have contributed to such an ambitious and successful refurbishment programme.

“Our team has worked hard to deliver this important work while also engaging with the community on a number of training and volunteering initiatives over the past six years, all of which has been possible through the strength of our relationship with the council.”

For more information about the Transforming Homes programme, please visit www.thurrock.gov.uk/transforming-homes.

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