First council homes refurbished in Pendleton
10th April 2014
A COUPLE who have lived in their Pendleton home for 34 years have finally had it fully modernised - thanks to a £650 million regeneration scheme that is transforming the area.
Jean and Fred Taylor of Sedan Close live in one of the first homes to undergo a radical top-to-bottom makeover. The Pendleton Together project will see the full refurbishment ofhomes owned by Salford City Council, in the first phase of work that is now underway in the Clarendon neighbourhood.
The dramatic facelift includes new kitchens, bathrooms, a full electrical rewire, heating system with energy efficient boilers, high-quality double glazed windows, front and back doors, canopies to main entrances, roofs retiled, brickwork cleaned and new gutters and drains.
Homes are also having cavity wall and loft insulation fitted, new gardens and fencing, while the street scene will be improved with additional green spaces, off street parking and a walkway to new neighbourhood parks.
Work to homes in Sedan Close, which heralded the start of the refurbishment programme, got underway in early January and is being carried out bycommunity regeneration specialist Keepmoat.
Councillor GenaMerrett, Salford City Council’s Assistant Mayor for Housing and the Environment, dropped by to visit Jean, 73, and Fred, 69, at their home to see the difference being made for residents living in this tight knit community.
Jean is over the moon to get the kitchen she always dreamed of, after living there for 34 years and raisingtheir four children in the family home.
The grandmother of 18 said: “I am so pleased with my new kitchen. I was able to choose the finish on the cupboard doors, the floor and wall tiles, and they were even able to design the kitchen around my range cooker. I’ve even added a splash of colour by fully accessorising the kitchen around my red window blind.
“The kitchen is very much the heart of the house and where I enjoy cooking for my children and grandchildren when they come and visit.”
Keepmoat were also able to replace the couple’s old wet room with a new one.
Jean added: “Although we were living in the house while all of the work was carried out, nothing was too much trouble. The work is almost complete and the finishing touches are just being added. We are just delighted with the finished result, all of my friends and neighbours keep popping round to have a look.”
The Taylor’s home is one of the first of more than 1,250 existing council-owned houses and flats set to be refurbished in the Pendleton area in the coming years. The improvements are focussed on bringing council housing up to a modern standard and making sure they blend in with the 1,600 new homes being built in the area.
Cllr Merrett said: “I’m delighted for Jean and Fred. They’ve waited a long time to see improvements and it’s finally happened.
“It’s such a welcoming home and I know that their grandchildren will love visiting.
“I’m also pleased that Jean and Fred were given a real choice over what their home would look like.”
Regeneration work in Clarendon is due to be completed within the first two years of the project. Improvement works are alsounderway on the high rise tower blocks and new homes for rent and sale are being built in the Amersham area.Huge changes are taking place across the local community with new road layouts, walkways, traffic calmed streets, green spaces and parks.
The consortium delivering the Pendleton Together regeneration project includes social landlord Together Housing Group and Keepmoat. Pendleton Together is working in partnership with Salford City Council.