Plus Dane Group celebrates first year in Ellesmere Port and Neston

20.08.2013

Neighbourhood investor, Plus Dane Group, is celebrating its first 12 months working as Cheshire West and Chester Council’s housing management provider in Ellesmere Port and Neston having achieved or exceeded the main key targets for the first year.

Neighbourhood investor, Plus Dane Group, is celebrating its first 12 months working as Cheshire West and Chester Council’s housing management provider in Ellesmere Port and Neston having achieved or exceeded the main key targets for the first year.

The Merseyside and Cheshire housing association took over the management of the 5,900 homes owned by the Council in July last year as part of a £100m five year contract to provide housing services for tenants and leaseholders in the area.

In its first year, the Group has secured and established a new office at 7-9 Civic Way, bringing a vacant building in Ellesmere Port town centre back into use and creating a new hub for tenants and residents to contact and visit for anything to do with their homes, housing services and neighbourhoods in general.

Through improved procurement and securing an additional grant of £43,000 the Group has delivered more improvements to homes than originally planned by the Council in a number of areas, including energy efficiency measures such as installing new energy efficient boilers to homes, undertaking external over cladding and re-roofing to homes and providing loft or cavity wall insulation. This work has achieved a £300,000 saving against the overall budget for capital investment work.

Peter Shaw, Managing Director for Ellesmere Port and Neston at Plus Dane, said: “I am delighted with the Group’s strong performance over the first 12 months of the contract. We set out ambitious aims at the outset to deliver not only a first class housing management service, but to improve lives and neighbourhoods through our Neighbourhood investor approach, and we are starting to see the difference this is making.

“This is only the beginning of much more to come, and in the year ahead we will be working hard with the Council to deliver even more and build on our strong partnerships in the area, but this is a very promising start.”

Plus Dane has also made good progress in its wider role to work with partners in the area to support regeneration and transformation. As part of this commitment, the Group’s pledge to develop the 300 homes promised over the 5 year contract is well underway with nearly 100 new homes completed during the first 12 months.

Other successes included securing a £500,000 grant from the Homes and Communities Agency to enable the group to purchase 25 apartments at the Renaissance scheme in Neston, and strengthening tenant engagement in scrutinising services through the establishment of an Ellesmere Port and Neston Tenant Scrutiny Panel.

To celebrate its first year of achievements working together as One Big Team in Ellesmere Port and Neston, partners and tenants joined together at Plus Dane’s Civic Way offices this month to reflect on the past year and launch a new website that tells the stories of some of the people that made this possible.

 

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