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£1.1m improvements for 59 Hucclecote homes get under way by Gloucester City Homes

By citizenmike  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

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Kelly Childs is having £23,000 of improvements made to her house

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HUCCLECOTE homes are having a huge £1.1million of improvements splashed out on them.

Gloucester City Homes has got under way with the major insulation programme at 59 homes, with a cost of £1.1million.

External walls will be insulated, roofs will be renewed and windows and doors will be replaced where needed to keep residents’ homes watertight and damp proof.

The news can’t come quick enough for mum-of-three Kelly Childs, from Colwell Avenue, who has battled with months of damp problems – the worst of which are in her eight-year-old asthmatic son Troy’s bedroom.

The 33-year-old mum said: “I complained about the damp problem six months ago because Troy suffers from asthma and it has been a real worry.

“I am pleased the work is finally starting and I have got my fingers crossed that it will solve the problem.”

She added that she had moved into the home in 2010 with Troy and her two other children, Verity, seven, and Isabelle, six, but quickly found damp problems.

“It has been a long time coming this work and I’ve been doing everything I can to keep the damp at bay,” she said.

Scaffolding was erected around a number of properties this week as workers prepare to start fitting the new insulation and replacing roofs and windows.

Ashley Green, chief executive of Gloucester City Homes, said: “The work we are doing is like creating a new home. It will give the building’s a new lease of life for the next 30 years.”

A spokeswoman for the city’s leading housing provider added: “This type of work will preserve the external fabric of the non-traditional stock we manage and maintain in this area.

“It will also improve the energy efficiency of these properties, helping to support residents by driving down the cost of their heating and energy bills.

“Similar schemes of work have already saved our residents around £300 per annum.”

On completion of the work in the Hucclecote area, further programmes have been developed to continue installing external wall insulation to all non-traditional properties managed and maintained by City Homes.

The work is being part-funded by Energy Climate Obligation and also comes with a 30-year assured life guarantee.

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  • GlosCityHomes  |  January 20 2014, 10:54AM

    We are grateful for the comments made by readers in "The Citizen" 'tenants are entitled to a decent standard of service and accommodation' and fully agree that every tenant is entitled to a Decent Home. We would like to make your readers aware that Gloucester City Homes is committed to providing excellent services to its residents, as affirmed by various accreditations and awards including the Customer Service Excellence Standard and the recent Believe in Gloucester Award for Best Customer Service. We are the main social housing provider in the City and take our responsibilities very seriously. We agree and believe that every tenant should be able to live in a Decent Home. Since the company was formed in 2005, we have invested over £62 million in bringing our homes up to the Government's Decent Homes Standard by completing over 15,000 improvements to homes including several thousand new kitchens, bathrooms, central heating, electrical re-wires as well as new windows and doors. We also ensure that all of our properties have an up-to-date gas safety certificate and that all homes have a home safety check. We have improved the health and wellbeing of our tenants as a result. There is however more to be done as outlined in your feature. Our current Home and Community Improvement Programme aims to ensure that our tenants' homes continue to meet the Decent Homes Standard for the future as well as to improve the structure and thermal efficiency of our non-traditional homes such as the homes referred to in this news story, in Hucclecote. We accept that damp and mould are not acceptable. However, sometimes the original build, infrastructure and materials used in these properties makes this very difficult to achieve. The property referred to in the article is a non-traditional type (not built of brick) and this makes it very difficult to keep warm. That is why we are investing £1.1 million through a programme to improve over 50 homes including Kelly Childs' home in that area. This equates to around £23,000 per property, which will improve the energy efficiency by essentially wrapping it in modern insulation materials, rendering it and replacing the roof to provide our tenants with warmer, more energy efficient homes and lower heating bills. We are also working with the City Council on how we can maintain our levels of investment going forward as we know that our 4,500 homes will require around £270million investment over the next 30 years. We hope our tenants will support our vision going forward to secure additional private funding to maintain that investment from next year onwards. Your readers should know that we have made massive strides in making homes decent. Homes, which, prior to Gloucester City Homes taking over the running of the stock in 2005, had not, had any significant investment for many years. We are committed to making sure that Kelly Childs and all of our tenants can have homes they can be proud of, but the vast majority of our tenants who have had those investments already know what a strong track record we have in terms of service delivery, investment and home safety.

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  • tellthetruth6  |  January 18 2014, 5:10PM

    oi cerberus. how u know she has a husband. dont say anythink about a man. just talks about her and her kids. if their was a husband. would he not b in the photo with his wife

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  • cerberus2981  |  January 17 2014, 10:19PM

    Tenants are entitled to a decent standard of service and accommodation irrelevant to whether they are private, housing association or council/local authority. People can be very quick to judge believing they have all the facts about an individual and their situation from a couple of hundred words and a photo or two! As for the sons name, what business is it of anyone but the parent(s) and the child. Obviously some people just take pleasure in ridiculing others because they are unable to come to terms or deal with their own issues/life. At the end of the day this Woman and her husband just want what every person wants, a decent place to live. for their family.

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  • tellthetruth6  |  January 17 2014, 9:14PM

    oi pabs. shut up. them poor little kids need clean food and water. looks like she got food

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  • pabs_empire  |  January 17 2014, 8:55PM

    Why because this is social housing should they live in poor conditions, we send millions in aid out of this country and cant help our own. Why because she lives in social housing should she have to live in poor conditions Is "she" not paying for a service? Is "she" not able to get good customer service Regardless of wether your rented, social or mortgage do you not have the right to a good standard of living? Do we not see these adverts asking for 5, 10, 20 pound a month to aid for whatever Think we need to start here What has her sons name got to do with any of this? Does "she" not bring up her kids! Is it not her right to name him whatever the hell she wants! "she" raises him! Justice for Troy, good living conditions for Troy I guess what im trying to say is: Wind your neck in! Does the idea of truth frighten you? Does the idea that one evening on Wikipedia might enlighten you frighten you? But here's what really gives me a ******* I am one insignificant, ignorant lump of carbon I have one life, and it is short And unimportant! But thanks to recent scientific advances I get to live twice as long As my great uncleses and auntieses, Twice as long to live this life of mine Twice as long to love this wife of mine And to those i may have offended, think but this and all is mended! We'd might as well be 10 minutes back in time For all the chance you'll change your mind!!

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  • tellthetruth6  |  January 17 2014, 4:15PM

    or maybe she works aswell. just cause its social housing dont mean she dont work.......

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  • tellthetruth6  |  January 17 2014, 2:59PM

    I'm sure the husband works full time

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  • honslknjklyt  |  January 16 2014, 10:18PM

    And people In social housing think they have it hard. People in private tenancies fear reporting problems as they know the rent will go up to cover the cost. It is certainly a case of them and us.

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  • cortezcortez  |  January 16 2014, 9:54PM

    Who the hell names there kid Troy thats like an hour on the tower of power (Tyrone Power) Stingray fans are they.Lovely hair by the way

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