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£30million investment into South Staffordshire homes

South Staffordshire residents are set to benefit from up to £30million being invested in homes and communities across the district.

South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA) has launched a five-year home improvement programme, which will see the organisation improve the quality of homes and local environments where it manages homes.

The programme will involve SSHA carrying our work to replace kitchens, bathrooms, external doors, boilers, gutters and fascias, as well as carrying out electrical rewires and painting of homes.

Over the five years, the programme will see around 1,250 kitchens, 1,300 bathrooms and 200 wetrooms, 2,250 boilers, 3,850 external doors, 400 electrical re-wires, and 1,350 fascias, gutters and soffits fitted.

Work will be completed by SSHA’s property services arm Property Care, as well as specialist contractors where needed.

One resident to have benefitted from improvements is 68-year-old Jean Stokes, who has lived in her home at Brownshaw Lane, in Wombourne, since 1981.

Mrs Stokes said: “The new bathroom is fantastic and I can’t praise the work enough – the lad who worked on it was lovely and very tidy. I’m now joking that I will invite friends round for a cup of tea in it.

“This work has set the standard for the rest of the house and I’m now planning on decorating other parts.”

Joan Russell, of Woodhill Drive, Wombourne, also has had a new kitchen fitted.

“It looks lovely and I was able to choose what tiles, worktops and doors I had. It was definitely due a makeover and it’s given my home a new lease of life.”

Stephen Collins, director of property services at SSHA, said: “We are delighted to announce this major investment into our homes. We are committed to continually investing in our 6,000 homes to achieve our vision of providing good quality homes.

“This is a five year project so we will be visiting all of the areas where we have homes, but for some it may not be immediately. We would ask people to be patient and we will get in touch with everyone ahead of works being carried out in their area.”

This programme is for general needs housing and SSHA will be informing residents living in supported housing and extra care developments separately of planned improvements.