Face-lift for Flintshire homes
Hundreds of council owned homes are being given a face-lift in a £4
million-plus Flintshire County Council project.
As part of its commitment to the Welsh Government’s initiative of achieving The
Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) for its properties by the year 2020, the
first major scheme in underway in Holywell.
Work has already started to improve more than 300 properties in the town,
including new roofs, roof line and render systems. Around 70 properties will
receive external wall insulation including new windows and doors which will
improve security, cut heat-loss and reduce carbon emissions. The work will be
completed for April 2016.
Council Leader Aaron Shotton said: “The first phase of our significant
investment programme is something we are incredibly proud of and over 300
families will enjoy their improved homes very shortly. As we continue with our
ambitious investment plans for our communities, we are confident we can
create modern, sustainable and fit-for purpose homes of which we can all be
Over the next five years, the Council will invest over £100 million in
improving council homes and communities across the County to ensure that every
property meets the WHQS.
Holywell resident Mr Kenneth Williams of Ffordd Fer said: Everyone carrying
out the work has been very friendly and it’s great that the Council is helping
residents keep their homes safe and warm with the new improvements
The 40 week contract in Holywell will also create a number of opportunities
for employment and suppliers. Contractors, A. Connolly Ltd, a Wigan-based
family firm is opening a new office in Flintshire to facilitate the project. It
has already held a “Meet the Buyer” event to talk to prospective new local
suppliers to support the scheme, with more than 40 local businesses registered
including sole traders and small local companies.
Managing Director Simon Harrison said: “We’re delighted to be working with
Flintshire County Council and have a great opportunity to invest in the
Flintshire economy with job opportunities and also to have a positive impact on
the refurbishment of homes in the county. We will apply a strong focus on
quality, skills development and service levels that will enable us to add value
and bring enhanced standards of living to local residents.”
Councillor Helen Brown, the Councils Cabinet Member for Housing said: “The
County Council has predominately concentrated on internal works to people’s
homes in recent years. This project demonstrates our commitment to the WHQS
Programme by beginning to concentrate on the external fabric of our houses.
These schemes will tackle many repair issues and will also improve the
appearance of clusters of housing around the County”.
Caption: Mr Williams is pictured with Paula Eaves Tenant Liaison Officer and
Brian Winrow Site Manager, A. Connolly Ltd, Karen Stevens,Tenant Liaison
Officer and Tryfan Jones, Contract Surveyor, Flintshire County Council.