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Ken Perry Richard Kemp
Chief Executive Chairman
Ellesmere Port and Neston
Plus Dane Group is delighted to have been chosen as one of the last two organisations bidding to offer the people of Ellesmere Port and Neston a new housing management service for its 5,600 homes.
The final shortlist, selected from six shortlisted bidders, is between ourselves and a consortium of Liverpool Mutual Homes, MITIE and Savills. We are now involved in the final selection stage.
The successful bidder will manage the public sector housing service and work closely with Cheshire West and Chester Council on regeneration in Ellesmere Port and Neston for the next five years.
Huge picture project celebrates Liverpool
A group of Liverpool photographers have come together to create a huge public artwork celebrating their neighbourhood and city.
Graffiti-strewn fences and hoardings around the sports pitches off Park Road in Toxteth are to be replaced with an installation showcasing local talent and the best things about living in the area.
Forty-five local snappers as well as children from Holy Family School took more than 500 pictures, up to 80 of which will be chosen for the final installation due to be completed in early December.
The Harlow Street Art Project, which has been organised by Plus Dane, also involved running workshops for local people on how to take pictures and choose themes. Before installation, an exhibition of the best pictures will take place at FACT in Liverpool city centre.
Funding for Congleton youth projects
Plus Dane is making more funding available for projects aimed at Congleton’s young people.
Chief Executive Ken Perry recently visited a Congleton Bears’ Rugby Club training session and committed further funding for projects in the town which will see youth engagement officers talking to young people hanging around the town centre and Astbury Mere at night, often drinking alcohol or abusing drugs.
Meetings have already taken place with a number of organisations to identify more positive and fun activities for young people to do at weekends and officers will be working with partners to divert young people to them.
Plus Dane has already invested in the club to sponsor its youth teams and fund a part-time community coach to work with schools and youth groups in the area, and this latest funding will help to widen the town’s youth work support and build on the good work already being achieved.
Staff walk to Australia
Hundreds of Plus Dane staff walked to Australia as part of a campaign to promote health and well-being in the workplace.
As part of our commitment to encouraging staff to lead more active lifestyles, which has also included offering free gym passes and fitness boot camps, the Oz Trail saw staff and their families issued with pedometers and encouraged to walk each day and log their steps towards a 4,492,667-step total – the number of steps it would take to walk from Liverpool to Sydney.
The feat took the 275 staff who signed up to the challenge 15 weeks to achieve.
Our health and wellbeing campaign has also involved a focus on mental wellbeing, with staff offered free massages, health check-ups and a range of new holistic benefits through a free Medicash scheme.
£6.4m to build vital homes for Ellesmere Port
Plus Dane Group is investing £6.4m building 65 homes for affordable rent in Ellesmere Port.
The homes, a mix of two, three and four-bedroom properties, will be built on former industrial land on Rossfield Park.
Planning permission for 29 of the much-needed new homes – there is a significant waiting list for affordable rent homes in the Ellesmere Port area – has already been granted and it is hoped that building work will begin within weeks.
The homes are being built in partnership with Countryside Properties and Peel Holdings and the first homes are due to be completed in April 2012, with all 65 properties expected to be completed by November of that year.
MP welcomes redevelopment of Macclesfield’s hidden gem
Macclesfield’s MP David Rutley last month welcomed the transformation of one of the town’s historic buildings into much-needed affordable homes.
The Conservative MP officially opened the Clock Tower, a Grade II listed section of the former Macclesfield hospital, which has been restored and converted into 36 apartments for rent.
The £4.5m development of one, two and three bedroom apartments was led by Plus Dane as part of our commitment to providing low-cost homes for local people in housing need. It forms part of a 6.5 acre £30m redevelopment of redundant former health trust land by Keyworker Homes and Cheshire East Council which will see a mixture of retails, office and crèche space.
The Homes and Communities Agency has been closely involved with the design and provided more than £2.5m funding to enable the project to go ahead.
£1.1m investment in homes for the future
As part of our commitment to promoting energy efficiency, we are investing £1.1m in a number of energy efficiency projects that will help tenants to slash their fuel bills and keep their homes warm in winter.
Tenants in five Merseyside neighbourhoods will benefit from the measures including solid wall insulation and solar panels which, depending on which type is fitted, will give access to free day-time electricity or water heating.
Almost 150 homes will benefit from this work, which is over and above multi-million pound improvements already taking place in Plus Dane homes throughout Merseyside and Cheshire.
The project forms part of the REECH (Renewables & Energy Efficiency in Community Housing) Initiative, which is managed by Sefton Council. REECH is funded by the European Regional Development Fund ERDF and a range of registered social landlords across Merseyside and Halton.