Monday, September 25, 2017

Just what does WHQS mean?

It sounds great to us and it will be a major achievement…. but what does it mean to you, particularly if you are one of our tenants?

Well, it means that all our tenants will be renting housing that is of a certain standard, the Welsh Housing Quality Standard, a standard which is set by the Welsh Government.

Our council housing properties are:

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We own over 11,300 properties, the largest number in North Wales and the third largest number in Wales.  They’re all of a different age, shape and size and built from all sorts of different materials but all of them will need to meet the Welsh Housing Quality Standard by 2020.

Last year we spent a record £54m and this year a further £56.4 million will be ploughed into improvements to homes and also to the environment where our properties are.  In Plas Madoc for example we are not only bringing the homes up to the standard but we are also taking a look at the whole environment and knocking down properties to create a more open and pleasant area to live.

All properties will have, or already have, new bathrooms and kitchens installed.  This includes replacing kitchen units, sink units and laying safe floors, tiling and re-decorating and any necessary works required to make the kitchen to a high standard.  Bathrooms will have new suites installed and a shower followed by tiling and re-decorating.

Some of our tenants haven’t wanted the disruption that the works will cause and have declined …… and that’s OK…. but we will be revisiting them to make sure they’re still certain they don’t want the works to go ahead.  These properties will be brought up the WHQS when they become empty at some time in the future to make sure we have no  properties that are not up to a high enough standard.

We’re also removing asbestos, improving insulation, repairing/replacing roofs and where necessary improving footpaths, outhouses/sheds/clothes drying facilities, boundaries, fencing…. the list goes on.

We’re proud of what we are doing to achieve the WHQS and we know the majority of our tenants are very pleased with the results.

Cllr David Griffiths, Lead Member for Housing, said:

“Achieving the Welsh Housing Quality Standard remains a priority for us in housing and I am very pleased that we are getting it right and our tenants are able to live in comfortable, warm and safe housing.  Everyone involved in this major project deserves a big thank you!”

Take a look at our artist’s impression of how Plas Madoc will look following the works:

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Source: https://news.wrexham.gov.uk/just-what-does-whqs-mean/ (Thu Aug 31st 2017)

Leanne Hughes
Leanne Hughes
Local News & Events, Welsh Politics
Caerphilly & Merthyr Tydfil

Let's Get Digital, Digital!

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All things digital will be celebrated in a ‘festival' at Central Library Hub next week.

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No wellies or glow-sticks are required for Digifest, a special event on Saturday, September 9 organised by Cardiff Library Service and Adult Community Learning Service.

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The digital fun from 10am to 5pm will include information stalls, seminars and workshops with activities available to suit a variety of ages and capabilities.

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The day will also provide an opportunity for people to enrol on a wide variety of Adult Community Learning courses including courses for help people gain skills they need to get back into work, exciting courses from crafts to computers and as well as accessible learning opportunities for adults with additional needs.

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Workshops in the festival include an ‘Appy hour' for all those confused by just what their smartphone or tablet can do, Minecraft club for children to build and explore their own world in a safe, offline environment, a local ancestry and family history workshop with Glamorgan Family History Society, a social media seminar, 3D printing demonstration, digital garden design and much more.

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Visitors to the library will also be able to find out about the latest cutting edge photography equipment available, learn about the latest virtual reality technology to help people gain an understanding of what it is like to suffer from dementia and lots of information about the activities and resources on offer in Cardiff Libraries.

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Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: "Digifest is a great initiative by Cardiff Libraries and Adult Community Learning to help people find out more about every day technology, how to get the best out of it and how to enjoy using it. There's a packed schedule of innovative activities running throughout the day for real novices to those who already embrace technology in their lives but want to learn more.

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Let's get digital, digital! ; All things digital will be celebrated in a ‘festival' at Central Library Hub next week. ; No wellies or glow-sticks are required for Digifest, a special event on Saturday, September 9 organised by Cardiff Library Service and Adult Community Learning Service. ; The digital fun from 10am to 5pm will in...

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