It is good to read – via a Brummie link to an article on a Social Housing and Local Government news website that co-ordinated by Birmingham City Council, a taskforce of over 260 are to maintain more than 31,000 properties in Birmingham. 

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In the Bournville conservation area residents are used to seeing the award-winning Trust’s housing maintenance vans, with an established workforce – Bournville Property Care Services – who take a real pride in their work. It would be good to see such a service in all the city’s neighbourhoods.

Family-owned Wates Living Space Maintenance was appointed in December to undertake repairs and maintenance services for Birmingham council tenants over the next four years alongside Keepmoat and Willmott Dixon. From April onwards they will have repairs, maintenance, gas servicing and home improvements provided by only one contractor, leading to an improved service and savings which will be ploughed back in to housing services.

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A specialist fleet of 193 vans has been commissioned, in all, carrying over 11,000 trade tools, to carry out over 90,000 repairs each year.

The aim is to bring back to full use approximately 2,300 vacant properties across the city. Wates Living Space Maintenance has also pledged to give a host of training and employment opportunities for local people and to utilise a local supply chain for the repairs and maintenance service, bringing an economic boost to Birmingham SMEs.

Further details are given on Wates’ website: http://www.wates.co.uk/news/190-vans-take-birmingham-s-streets-upgrade-homes-2322

 

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