Flat scheme wins award

PUBLISHED: 13:51 13 December 2007 | UPDATED: 21:53 29 May 2010

Uttlesford District Council Tenant Participation Officer Helen Joy (left) and Sheltered Housing Officer Kelly Stone.
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Uttlesford District Council Tenant Participation Officer Helen Joy (left) and Sheltered Housing Officer Kelly Stone. Picture: SUBMITTED

EXTENSIVE renovation work on flats in Thaxted has bagged Uttlesford District Council (UDC) a national award. The quality of the council s refurbishment of Vicarage Mead sheltered housing complex was recognised by the National Home Improvement Council (NHI

EXTENSIVE renovation work on flats in Thaxted has bagged Uttlesford District Council (UDC) a national award.

The quality of the council's refurbishment of Vicarage Mead sheltered housing complex was recognised by the National Home Improvement Council (NHIC), which presented UDC with a certificate of merit for outstanding achievement in encouraging home improvement during the past year.

Cllr Sue Schneider, UDC community committee chairman, said: "From being difficult to let, the accommodation is now highly desirable.

"It's excellent news Uttlesford has received this prestigious award for its work at Vicarage Mead."

The work carried out on the 1970s complex brought the accommodation up to date, providing 20 modern flats, including two for disabled residents.

The 18-month job was completed in May this year and opened by Glen Murphy MBE, star of television programme London's Burning.

During the opening Mr Murphy praised the flats and joked that he himself would put his name down in the hope of being allocated one later in his life.

Cllr Martin Foley, who represents Thaxted, praised the residents of Vicarage Mead for their contribution to the refurbishment process.

"The work that went on with residents on an ongoing basis was tremendous," he said.

"The end product is a happy group of people. The residents themselves played a critical role in shaping the facility together with the UDC team."

UDC's head of housing, Roz Millership, also praised everyone involved. She said: "The tenants, staff and contractors, T.J. Evers Construction, have all worked incredibly well together and I am delighted all their hard work and effort has been nationally recognised."

The £1.9 million development incorporates an onsite hair salon, communal lounge and modern laundries. It was designed to let in as much natural light as possible and to give tenants good views across the beautiful town of Thaxted.

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