Last week Lambeth launched the LHS (Lambeth Housing Standard), a five year, £450 million improvement programme.
The Lambeth Housing Standard is the standard to which Lambeth Council aims to maintain all of its housing stock, and make a promise to residents that their homes will be warm, safe and dry, in good repair and well maintained.
The programme is being run out over a period of five years, but the bad news is that Southwyck House residents are right at the back of the queue and can expect no improvements to their homes until the final year in 2016-7.
The initial surveys will take place a year before, with the following major works delivered to properties in need.
Major projects include the following works delivered to properties:
- Structural repairs
- Roof renewals
- Window replacement
- Installing security measures
- Central heating repairs and replacement
- Lift replacement
- Replacement of communal water tanks and booster pumps
- Replacement of door entry systems
- Replacement and upgraded of communal ‘landlords’ electrical installations
- Kitchen and bathroom renewal
- Rewiring inside homes
At the launch, the council and its contractors were showing off a wide selection of kitchen and bathroom choices, plus window and door samples and other materials such as taps and tiles.
They all looked rather splendid, but long term residents of Southwyck House may find it hard to forget the ALMO fiasco of a decade ago where we were also promised brand new kitchens and bathrooms only for nothing to materialise.
However, this time around the council say that they will definitely be delivering on their promises.
Let’s hope so, because some of the properties on Southwyck House are in desperate need, and 2017 seems an awfully long way away.
Here’s a few more photos from the open day. Find out more about the Lambeth Housing Standard here.