Re­vamp turns house into home for de­lighted mum

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

A LAND­MARK has been reached in the multi-mil­lion pound re­gen­er­a­tion of a large es­tate.

The 300th prop­erty re­fur­bish­ment has now been com­pleted at Stan­hope in Ash­ford.

Res­i­dents An­nal­ize and Barry Ker­s­ley are cel­e­brat­ing the fin­ish of work on their prop­erty as part of the mas­sive £150m Stan­hope re­gen­er­a­tion scheme.

By 2012, the project will see the re­fur­bish­ment of 323 homes and the re­place­ment of seven blocks of apart­ments with 442 new homes. It is ex­pected that the re­main­ing 23 homes still to be re­fur­bished will be fin­ished by the end of this year, well ahead of sched­ule.

The Ker­s­leys, who only moved into their home last Jan­uary were de­lighted with the im­prove­ments.

The prop­erty now has a new kitchen, bath­room and down­stairs toi­let. Their back gar­den has been paved and fenced and new gates erected. The home has also been rewired and a new boiler in­stalled.

Mrs Ker­s­ley said: “Thanks to the ren­o­va­tion, our house has be­come a home. There is no way we could have man­aged that amount of home im­prove­ment.”

The re­fur­bish­ment work has been car­ried out by Denne Construction for the Chrysalis Con­sor­tium, which is work­ing in part­ner­ship with Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil in one of the UK’s largest so­cial hous­ing Pri­vate Fi­nance Ini­tia­tives (PFI).

Colin Swain, re­fur­bish­ment man­ager at Denne Construction said: “We are now well into the fi­nal phase of this hugely suc­cess­ful pro­gramme of re­gen­er­a­tion and im­prove­ment. Feed­back from res­i­dents has been ex­tremely pos­i­tive and we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work with the lo­cal com­mu­nity to re­fur­bish the re­main­ing homes.”

Mike Baker, op­er­a­tions man­ager for Chrysalis added: “We are thrilled to have achieved this ma­jor mile­stone and look for­ward to com­plet­ing the re­main­ing work in the neigh­bour­hood.

“Stan­hope has re­ally changed since the start of the re­gen­er­a­tion project in 2007 and we look for­ward to a bright fu­ture for this grow­ing and thriv­ing com­mu­nity.”

Pic­ture: Ady Kerry PD1653253

Res­i­dent An­nal­ize Ker­s­ley and her son, Lewis, re­ceive gifts from neigh­bour­hood hous­ing of­fi­cer An­drew Brack­ley watched by scheme man­ager Dave Stack­house, left, and re­fur­bish­ment man­ager Colin Swain

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