Thousands of Greenwich Council homes to be improved from this summer

Thousands of Greenwich Council homes to be upgraded from this summer

Thousands of Greenwich Council homes to be upgraded from this summer

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Thousands of Greenwich council homes are set to be upgraded with work including new roofs, boilers, as well as revamped kitchens and bathrooms.

Work will start this summer on flats and houses with one major aim being to cut energy bills by better insulating properties.

Residents of Woolwich’s Barnfield Estate will be some of the first to see improvements including upgraded lifts, new water tanks and emergency lighting from August.

Secretary of residents group Friends of Barnfield, Jean Peters, said: "These plans are great news. Some of the estate dates back to 1953 and 1955, and then 1960s and 1970s, and most of it needs a major overhaul."

She went on to say tenants wished to be kept in contact and asked about their individual requirements.

It comes under the new council-funded Greenwich Homes Standard for planning major improvements and follows on from the Decent Homes scheme rolled out to 22,000 homes between 2005 and 2011.

Greenwich Council cabinet member for housing Councillor Chris Kirby said: “The new Greenwich Homes Standard is aimed at bringing residents’ homes up to the highest modern day standards.

“It builds on the success of the Decent Homes programme, but goes further in the way it prioritises improvement works which means all necessary works are carried out at the same time.

“This will help improve the standard of our housing and the quality of life for tenants. It will also mean valuable savings in energy bills, at a time when electricity and gas costs have never been higher.”

The scheme will be backed by the government’s Energy Company Obligation programme.

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2:19pm Mon 30 Jun 14

12pebbles says...

should have been done years ago
should have been done years ago 12pebbles
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6:25am Tue 1 Jul 14

shane2008 says...

That is good news. Hope Greenwich are not using City Heights to carry out the work. Tenants be warned they just bodge up and have no respect for people or there properties. Had new bathroom and toilet and I am now waiting them coming back to do toilet for the third time and I am not alone. Hope Greenwich use decent contracts.
That is good news. Hope Greenwich are not using City Heights to carry out the work. Tenants be warned they just bodge up and have no respect for people or there properties. Had new bathroom and toilet and I am now waiting them coming back to do toilet for the third time and I am not alone. Hope Greenwich use decent contracts. shane2008
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9:01am Tue 1 Jul 14

SRobbo80 says...

I have 2 thoughts on this subject, how about the people who own their own homes, but not in a position to spend thousands upgrading!? And before anyone mentions the government schemes, these are merely a ruse to look like they offer help - they criteria for eligibility is ridiculous. Secondly, referring to shane2008 comment, I have worked on these projects before. The reason contractors seem to have lack of respect for tenants/property is the ridiculous amount being earnt. By the time the man doing the works obtains the contract, it has filtered through no less than 4 subcontractors - therefore most of the money is lost on admin before anything happens, leaving minute percentages of less than 10% for the man doing the job - it's all a huge farce
I have 2 thoughts on this subject, how about the people who own their own homes, but not in a position to spend thousands upgrading!? And before anyone mentions the government schemes, these are merely a ruse to look like they offer help - they criteria for eligibility is ridiculous. Secondly, referring to shane2008 comment, I have worked on these projects before. The reason contractors seem to have lack of respect for tenants/property is the ridiculous amount being earnt. By the time the man doing the works obtains the contract, it has filtered through no less than 4 subcontractors - therefore most of the money is lost on admin before anything happens, leaving minute percentages of less than 10% for the man doing the job - it's all a huge farce SRobbo80
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1:30pm Tue 1 Jul 14

shane2008 says...

SRobbo80 wrote:
I have 2 thoughts on this subject, how about the people who own their own homes, but not in a position to spend thousands upgrading!? And before anyone mentions the government schemes, these are merely a ruse to look like they offer help - they criteria for eligibility is ridiculous. Secondly, referring to shane2008 comment, I have worked on these projects before. The reason contractors seem to have lack of respect for tenants/property is the ridiculous amount being earnt. By the time the man doing the works obtains the contract, it has filtered through no less than 4 subcontractors - therefore most of the money is lost on admin before anything happens, leaving minute percentages of less than 10% for the man doing the job - it's all a huge farce
Not tenants problem. How much they are getting paid so why take it out on there properties. I do not expect qualified plumbers to leave every pipe leaking and forgetting to put waste pipe on not once but twice. A toilet needing gutting for a third time surely that is a waste of money. Electricians to wire up a switch with wires wrong way round. Too much gone wrong to write everything but could write a book.
[quote][p][bold]SRobbo80[/bold] wrote: I have 2 thoughts on this subject, how about the people who own their own homes, but not in a position to spend thousands upgrading!? And before anyone mentions the government schemes, these are merely a ruse to look like they offer help - they criteria for eligibility is ridiculous. Secondly, referring to shane2008 comment, I have worked on these projects before. The reason contractors seem to have lack of respect for tenants/property is the ridiculous amount being earnt. By the time the man doing the works obtains the contract, it has filtered through no less than 4 subcontractors - therefore most of the money is lost on admin before anything happens, leaving minute percentages of less than 10% for the man doing the job - it's all a huge farce[/p][/quote]Not tenants problem. How much they are getting paid so why take it out on there properties. I do not expect qualified plumbers to leave every pipe leaking and forgetting to put waste pipe on not once but twice. A toilet needing gutting for a third time surely that is a waste of money. Electricians to wire up a switch with wires wrong way round. Too much gone wrong to write everything but could write a book. shane2008
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9:05pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Council tenants don't ya just love 'em.

It's all turd polishing, the places will be back to chit houses in no time.
Council tenants don't ya just love 'em. It's all turd polishing, the places will be back to chit houses in no time. Gypo.Joe
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