Decent Homes external works end with Gascoyne Estate
Councillor Philip Glanville, Cabinet Member for Housing and Rupert Tyson MBE, Chair of Hackney Homes Board visited to Gascoyne Estate, to mark the end of external works to properties under Hackney’s current Decent Homes programme.
The Decent Homes programme, which launched in Hackney in 2004, is scheduled for completion next year; internal works are still taking place to improve the kitchen and bathroom facilities for more than 11,000 homes. Once completed, the Decent Homes programme will be replaced with the Council’s new Hackney Investment Programme as part of their commitment to improve council housing conditions across the borough.
“It was great to visit Gascoyne Estate and see the work that has been delivered to Vaine and Granard. We know that windows and leaks were a great concern for residents, and this investment, alongside the new kitchens and bathrooms for tenants, has modernised this estate.
“The Decent Homes programme has transformed the day-to-day lives of thousands of tenants and we are glad we will be able to continue this work through the new Hackney Investment programme.”
Window conditions and leaks were major concerns for residents on the Gascoyne Estate, the work undertaken through the Decent Homes programme has rectified these problems and residents have already begun to experience the benefits in their homes.
Decent Homes’ recipient Gonul Sevenel said: “The outcome is great, everything looks better. I had a lot of problems with my sink before, but now it is as good as new. The windows are also a lot better; there is hardly any noise and they are now easier to clean.”
This visit to Vaine House and Granard House, which was also attended by Hackney Wick ward Councillors Jessica Webb and Nick Sherman, highlighted a significant milestone in the Decent Homes programme schedule and provided an opportunity to hear from residents who have benefited from the extensive works.