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Major Works Programme to restart after COVID-19 lockdown

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08 July 2020

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An ambitious £51m Council scheme to improve thousands of homes in Enfield has restarted.

An ambitious £51m improvement scheme which will transform the quality of thousands of homes in Enfield and improve the lives of residents across the borough has restarted after coronavirus lockdown restrictions were lifted.

During the COVID-19 lockdown, Enfield Council temporarily suspended works to renovate kitchens and bathrooms, rewire homes and replace boilers in Council properties across the borough.

The Enfield’s new repairs service and external contractors instead focused on emergency and safety critical works, across the Council’s portfolio, which could be undertaken in accordance with social distancing guidance, ensuring contractors and residents were not placed at risk of infection and residents were safe in their home during the lockdown period.

Now that those lockdown restrictions are being eased, Enfield Council has restarted the projects that will ultimately see over 1,800 homes in the borough upgraded for tenants.

All the work will be undertaken in accordance with the Governments COVID-19 secure guidance, to minimise any risk of infection to residents.

The full programme of major internal and external refurbishments works will commence in early Autumn, delivering a range of building fabric, safety and sustainability improvements across the stock.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Housing, Cllr Gina Needs, said: “We are absolutely committed to improving the quality of our Council homes and we agreed earlier this year, to invest a huge amount of money into our housing stock so we can transform the lives of our residents.

“Unfortunately, this ambitious programme has been delayed due to COVID-19, but the easing of the lockdown means we can now start to put in places measures to protect the safety of workers and residents while we complete this vital programme of works.”

“We know that good quality housing is transformative and having a warm, dry, safe home is a significant factor in improving the health, educational attainment and mental health of residents and these projects will deliver those benefits to many people.

“Not only will these projects benefit thousands of residents, and in doing so support our Poverty Strategy, but it will also help us ensure we are providing safe and sustainable homes for the future and delivering on the goals outlined in our Climate Change Strategy, by reducing energy usage and improving the energy efficiency of our buildings across Enfield.”