Left to right - Mrs Joan Parry (Erw Gerrig tenant) with CLC staff, 'Baz and Darren', Mrs Gwenda Edwards (Erw Gerrig tenant)

They say Christmas is the season of goodwill and that was definitely the case at Erw Gerrig sheltered housing scheme in Rhos recently!

The Erw Gerrig scheme is made up of 22 self-contained properties. Tenants here have recently received new kitchens as part of our extensive housing improvements project.

The tenants took it into their own hands to welcome the workers from contractors, CLC.

Every morning, they would prepare bacon baps for the workers to make sure they had been well fed before letting them crack on with the important work of installing the new kitchens.

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A special way to say thank you

The breakfast bonus treats must have done the trick, because as well as completing the improvement work, the workers from CLC devised their own way to show their appreciation.

In return for the tenants’ heartwarming hospitality, the workers clubbed together for a £60 voucher for the tenants.”

They also presented the tenants with a colourful bouquet of flowers to say thank you.

Left to right – Joan Parry (Erw Gerrig tenant), CLC staff, ‘Darren and Baz’, Gwenda Edwards (Erw Gerrig tenant)

Making the workers feel welcome

Erw Gerrig tenant, John White, explains where the idea came from: “I got the idea after I’d seen something similar done at St Michael’s sheltered housing scheme in Ruabon. I thought it would be nice if we could extend it to all the CLC workers here at Ewr Gerrig so I suggested it to our warden and the tenants and we all agreed it would be a kind gesture.

“We’re all very pleased with our new kitchens. They are top quality and they are such an improvement on what we had before.

“We’re also very grateful for the vouchers and the flowers we received from the CLC workers. We’ll be using the vouchers for our new year’s eve buffet so we are all looking forward to that very much!”

Local Member for Pant, Cllr David Maddocks, said: “I’m very pleased that the improvement work here has gone so well and it is wonderful to hear of the acts of generosity between the tenants and the contractors. John and the tenants here have gone to great lengths to make the workers feel welcome and they’ve thanked them for this hospitality in a very touching way.

“It is also very encouraging to see that council tenants here and in the surrounding area have been able to benefit from new kitchens and bathrooms and that homes are being made fit for the future.”

One of the new kitchens at the Erw Gerrig scheme

We’re on track to achieve the new housing standard

Housing improvement work is progressing all over the County Borough as we continue to modernise homes and ensure they achieve the Welsh Government’s Welsh Housing Quality Standard.

We’re investing a record £56.4m on this work in 2017/18. This includes a £7.5m Major Repairs Allowance which the Welsh Government awards to local authorities to help them achieve the Welsh Housing Quality Standard.

Lead Member for Housing, Cllr David Griffiths, said: “We’ve carried out an enormous amount of work this year with thousands of properties receiving improvements such as new kitchens and bathrooms, electrical rewires, new central heating systems, re-roofing, External Wall Insulation and fencing and paving work.

“We are well on track to achieve the standard and it’s great to hear that tenants, such as those in Erw Gerrig, are so pleased with the work we’re carrying out to their homes.”

If you’d like to know more about the housing improvement work being carried out to achieve the Welsh Housing Quality Standard take a look at the council website

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