£600,000 revamp for houses like cells

£600,000 revamp for houses like cells

Coun Richard Hurley, left, and Coun Dale Heenan at St Ives Court

An artist’s impression of what it could look like

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SWINDON Council has revealed £600,000 plans to improve a supported housing unit which has been the focus of anti-social behaviour and crime.

The 2013/14 budget earmarks the cash from the housing revenue account – funded by council tenants’ rents – to enhance St Ives Court, in Tyneham Road, Nythe, which contains 38 one-bedroom flats and bedsits.

Coun Dale Heenan (Con, Covingham and Dorcan) said about six years ago, the unit, which provides short-term accommodation for homeless families with support needs, had provoked complaints about anti-social behaviour, such loud music, as well as crime.

He said the situation had improved due to better management by council officers and the way in which the council had approached the issues with the police and other parties.

But he said it currently looks like a 1970s prison block.

Following a feasibility study by consultant Eric Cole Ltd, which produced six possible options, Swindon Council plans to consult the public on a preferred option that includes the addition of a new pitched roof and covering to improve the lifespan and appearance of the building.

It also includes new landscaping, replacement windows, new fencing, the removal of the smoking area/cycle store, extension of the green areas, the provision of a new cycle enclosure and a larger play area.

Coun Heenan said: “The building does look like a 1970s brick wall and it’s in a residential area. It doesn’t fit in at all.

“For the last couple of years I have been pushing to see lots of improvement work to sort that out and this is the result.

“It should improve the whole area and not just the building because it also backs onto the Nythe shopping parade. It’s a very visible building.”

Coun Richard Hurley (Con, Covingham and Dorcan), who is also cabinet member for public protection, housing and Street-smart (delivery), said: “It looks a bit tired.

“It needs updating a little bit and once it’s done it’s going to be better for the residents in that area.

“It has had a bit of a reputation in the past and the sooner it is updated the better.”

The consultation is hoped to take place in the spring, with work starting during the summer, providing planning permission is obtained

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9:28am Sun 21 Apr 13

salt and vinegar says...

It has looked like a prison block from the day it was built, it will still look like a prison block when it is finished, just like a lot of other buildings in Swindon that have been approved and passed by Swindon council, built cheap, looks cheap, is cheap!

Good old Swindon, lol.
It has looked like a prison block from the day it was built, it will still look like a prison block when it is finished, just like a lot of other buildings in Swindon that have been approved and passed by Swindon council, built cheap, looks cheap, is cheap! Good old Swindon, lol. salt and vinegar
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9:35am Sun 21 Apr 13

Davey Gravey says...

Nothing wrong with the building,it's some of the residents that are the problem.
Nothing wrong with the building,it's some of the residents that are the problem. Davey Gravey
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9:45am Sun 21 Apr 13

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Whats the average length of tenancy if it only provides short term housing?


I think there may be some smoke and mirrors here to make the accommodation appealing for those looking to downsize due to the so called Bedroom Tax.


How long before the usual suspects in the various tenancy groups start complaining about how "their" money is being spent?
Whats the average length of tenancy if it only provides short term housing? I think there may be some smoke and mirrors here to make the accommodation appealing for those looking to downsize due to the so called Bedroom Tax. How long before the usual suspects in the various tenancy groups start complaining about how "their" money is being spent? LordAshOfTheBrake
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9:56am Sun 21 Apr 13

RichardR1 says...

£600,000 or £6,000,000 headline or text.
£600,000 or £6,000,000 headline or text. RichardR1
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4:19pm Sun 21 Apr 13

house on the hill says...

All of them are on full benefit, why are they spending more tenants money on them? leave it as it is and encourage them to leave sooner and get a job!
All of them are on full benefit, why are they spending more tenants money on them? leave it as it is and encourage them to leave sooner and get a job! house on the hill
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4:30pm Sun 21 Apr 13

twasadawf says...

you can't polish a turd so leave it as it is and spend the money on the tenants that pay there rent not those that don't give a ****
you can't polish a turd so leave it as it is and spend the money on the tenants that pay there rent not those that don't give a **** twasadawf
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5:05pm Sun 21 Apr 13

Davey Gravey says...

house on the hill wrote:
All of them are on full benefit, why are they spending more tenants money on them? leave it as it is and encourage them to leave sooner and get a job!
Get your facts right. They ain't all like that.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: All of them are on full benefit, why are they spending more tenants money on them? leave it as it is and encourage them to leave sooner and get a job![/p][/quote]Get your facts right. They ain't all like that. Davey Gravey
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6:45pm Sun 21 Apr 13

thenoose says...

Why waste money on scumbags. They won't appreciate it and will soon destroy everything. There are hundreds of old people in the town that can't afford to heat their homes, I would rather see the money spent on them.
Why waste money on scumbags. They won't appreciate it and will soon destroy everything. There are hundreds of old people in the town that can't afford to heat their homes, I would rather see the money spent on them. thenoose
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7:49pm Sun 21 Apr 13

supersaver says...

£16000 per unit!

Is this value for money?

Do the majority deserve this?

Can the council afford this, if so, would it not be better spent elsewhere?
£16000 per unit! Is this value for money? Do the majority deserve this? Can the council afford this, if so, would it not be better spent elsewhere? supersaver
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8:14pm Sun 21 Apr 13

stratton man says...

No surprise to see the publicity loving Clr Heenan gurning for his tame Adver photographer.Off thread but important to the people of Nythe why does he refuse to reveal the costings for setting up and running a new Parish Council for Nythe.You can run but you cant hide for ever .A FOI request will winkle out the facts.Or is it the case you have no idea
No surprise to see the publicity loving Clr Heenan gurning for his tame Adver photographer.Off thread but important to the people of Nythe why does he refuse to reveal the costings for setting up and running a new Parish Council for Nythe.You can run but you cant hide for ever .A FOI request will winkle out the facts.Or is it the case you have no idea stratton man
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7:02am Mon 22 Apr 13

house on the hill says...

Davey Gravey, I do have my facts straight thank you. They are pretty much all in rent arrears and not contributing anything back to society. Most have kids they can't support with dads they can't find or can't remember their names. I spent many years in a housing association so I am we'll aware of the realities of social housing that too many like to sweep under the carpet.
Davey Gravey, I do have my facts straight thank you. They are pretty much all in rent arrears and not contributing anything back to society. Most have kids they can't support with dads they can't find or can't remember their names. I spent many years in a housing association so I am we'll aware of the realities of social housing that too many like to sweep under the carpet. house on the hill
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7:19am Mon 22 Apr 13

TinkeyWinkey says...

House on the hill - how do you know they are all pretty much in rent arrears??? do you have inside knowledge of their rent accounts??
House on the hill - how do you know they are all pretty much in rent arrears??? do you have inside knowledge of their rent accounts?? TinkeyWinkey
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8:00am Mon 22 Apr 13

Ringer says...

It'd be nice to think any money spent on the place would make a difference to those living there, but it won't.

Another example of throwing away yet more good money after bad.
It'd be nice to think any money spent on the place would make a difference to those living there, but it won't. [p] Another example of throwing away yet more good money after bad. Ringer
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12:44pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Highworth Lad says...

£600,000 better off putting a 20ft fence up and having armed polive sit there all day. Will cost less.
£600,000 better off putting a 20ft fence up and having armed polive sit there all day. Will cost less. Highworth Lad
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1:54pm Mon 22 Apr 13

house on the hill says...

"""TinkeyWinkey says...
7:19am Mon 22 Apr 13

House on the hill - how do you know they are all pretty much in rent arrears??? do you have inside knowledge of their rent accounts??”""

No, I just know someone who gives benefit and debt advice and pretty much all of these places have lots of problems.
"""TinkeyWinkey says... 7:19am Mon 22 Apr 13 House on the hill - how do you know they are all pretty much in rent arrears??? do you have inside knowledge of their rent accounts??”"" No, I just know someone who gives benefit and debt advice and pretty much all of these places have lots of problems. house on the hill
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6:40pm Mon 22 Apr 13

red manc says...

Is it your uncles aunts sisters daughter that tells you or are you just makeing it up ?
Is it your uncles aunts sisters daughter that tells you or are you just makeing it up ? red manc
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8:13pm Mon 22 Apr 13

house on the hill says...

No it is someone who has to deal with these issues on a daily basis.
No it is someone who has to deal with these issues on a daily basis. house on the hill
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9:27pm Mon 22 Apr 13

red manc says...

And they then share all personal information with you . . .They sound very professional . . .
And they then share all personal information with you . . .They sound very professional . . . red manc
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6:53am Tue 23 Apr 13

house on the hill says...

Like you and millions like you they talk about their job in general terms and things that go on or don't. So please share the information you have that my information is false. It's very easy to criticise if you don't have any facts. How many benefit claimants have you dealt with in a work capacity then? Do you even know how the benefit system works and how many abuse it to the tune of £3billion a year?
Like you and millions like you they talk about their job in general terms and things that go on or don't. So please share the information you have that my information is false. It's very easy to criticise if you don't have any facts. How many benefit claimants have you dealt with in a work capacity then? Do you even know how the benefit system works and how many abuse it to the tune of £3billion a year? house on the hill
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