Re­gen­er­a­tion reaches the half­way stage

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - School Report - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­

THE re­gen­er­a­tion of the mas­sive Stan­hope es­tate has reached the half­way stage.

Tony May and Michelle Horn are among many happy res­i­dents af­ter their home was fit­ted with a new kitchen, bath­room and electrics, as part of the plan.

About £200m is be­ing in­vested on the es­tate, with 162 fam­i­lies now liv­ing in newly re­fur­bished homes.

Michelle, who has lived on the es­tate for 11 years with her son Da­mon and part­ner Tony, said: “We are de­lighted with the work they have done and it has made a big dif­fer­ence to our lives.”

The work is be­ing car­ried out by the Chrysalis con­sor­tium, to­gether with Denne Construction and Powerminster Glee­son Ser­vices who are tak­ing care of in­ter­nal re­fur­bish­ment.

Bob Ill­s­ley, op­er­a­tions man­ager for Powerminster Glee­son Ser­vices in Ash­ford, said: “Reach­ing the half­way stage is a great achieve­ment for every­one in­volved in the re­gen­er­a­tion and im­prove­ment of this area.

“Feed­back from ten­ants has been pos­i­tive and we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work with the com­mu­nity to im­prove the re­main­ing homes.”

The con­sor­tium is work­ing in part­ner­ship with Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil at Stan­hope in one of the UK’s largest so­cial hous­ing Pri­vate Fi­nance Ini­tia­tives.

It will see all 323 homes be­ing re­fur­bished to the Gov­ern­ment’s De­cent Homes Plus stan­dard. The project will also see the de­mo­li­tion of seven blocks of flats and the construction of 442 high qual­ity homes in their place.

As well as the hous­ing, com­mer­cial units are un­der construction.

New and im­proved fa­cil­i­ties will in­clude the Legacy Build­ing, in­cor­po­rat­ing a li­brary and neigh­bour­hood of­fice.

Pam Milling­ton, hous­ing con­tracts man­ager, Colin Swain, Denne re­fur­bish­ment man­ager, Michelle Horn, her son Da­mon, and Tony May, Colin Piner, site su­per­vi­sor, and Bob Ill­s­ley from Powerminster Glee­son Ser­vices

Bredgar Close, Stan­hope, where homes have been re­fur­bished. Right, how the area used to look

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