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Council refurbishes 500th property

Published: 03/05/2016

Flintshire County Council is celebrating along with their contractor, Keepmoat, on the completion of the 500th property as part of a £103M regeneration scheme which will improve the lives of thousands of council tenants across the county. The works, which started in April 2015, will see around 3,000 council-owned properties updated this year with new kitchens and bathrooms, electrical rewires and heating upgrades as part of the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS). WHQS is a national standard of quality for homes set by the Welsh Government. It means that all tenants in Wales should have the opportunity to live in good quality homes which meet the requirements of that household. Flintshire County Council is working hard to achieve this standard in all of its properties before the deadline of 2020. This is highlighted by the celebrating with the 500th resident to have her bathroom and kitchen refurbished – Caerwys resident, Mrs Jones, who said: “I am absolutely thrilled with the work that has been done – the workmen were very polite and friendly and made sure that there was as little disruption as possible. They worked efficiently so that the work was completed quickly.” Flintshire County Council Cabinet Member for Housing, Helen Brown, said: “We are working with some excellent contractors on our WHQS scheme and Keepmoat has completed an outstanding job in delivering 500 properties in the Buckley and Holywell districts during the financial year 2015-16. We will now be moving onto properties in Deeside, Buckley and Mold as part of the next phase of the scheduled programme. We look forward to continuing this work with them over the coming months and years to help transform the lives of our residents.” Frank Mondino, Area Director for Keepmoat in the North West, said: “This is a fantastic milestone. The people of Caerwys have been incredibly cooperative during the refurb process and we’re pleased residents like Mrs Jones are now enjoying their improved homes. We’re proud to have played a part in delivering the vision of Flintshire County Council in transforming the lives of a significant number of residents.” From the left: Sean ODonnell Contract Surveyor Flintshire, Stephen Hunt Site Manager Keepmoat, Lynne Tetlow Tenant Liaison Keepmoat, Mrs Jones and Cllr Helen Brown, Cabinet Member for Housing