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Transformation at sheltered housing scheme

Posted on : 13 Jun 2018

Transformation at sheltered housing scheme
Cllr Lisa Phipps, Jean Howell, Mair Jones (Sheltered Housing Officer) & Sherell McLaughlan (Tenant Liaison Officer)
Tenants at a council owned sheltered housing scheme in the Caerphilly county borough have seen their homes transformed as part of a £220 million improvement programme.

Ty Bedwellty sheltered housing scheme in Cefn Fforest, Blackwood received extensive internal and external improvements as part of Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) programme.  The programme will see the homes of council tenants throughout the county borough brought up to a specific set of standards by 2020.

Improvements at Ty Bedwellty included new kitchens and bathrooms in each tenant’s home, along with electrical rewiring and the installation of a new heating system.  The scheme has also benefitted from the installation of a lift, new automatic doors and improvements to communal areas in keeping with Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) Cymru’s Visibly Better standard.  The RNIB Cymru standards were also incorporated into homes for those tenants experiencing a visual impairment.

Jean Howell, a tenant at Ty Bedwellty, said “I’m really happy with the work that’s been done here.  I even sent thank you cards to the Tenant Liaison Officers and to the workforce.  We had everyone in this building sign a letter to say thanks for the tremendous work too.  I’d also like to thank our Sheltered Housing Officer for her support.”  

Cllr Lisa Phipps, the council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Places, added “I’ve really enjoyed meeting Mrs Howell and some of the other tenants here at Ty Bedwellty.  Improvements at the scheme have been completed to a very high standard and it’s pleasing to hear that, despite some upheaval for tenants, they’re happy with the final result.  The council’s WHQS programme will result in major improvements to the majority of the council’s sheltered housing schemes throughout the county borough; making them more modern whilst also tailoring improvements to meet the individual needs of tenants.  The remainder of council owned sheltered housing schemes are being considered for more extensive remodelling works.”

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