Monday, September 25, 2017

The estate that’s about to get a makeover…

Homes in Plas Madoc are set to be modernised as part of Wrexham Council’s project to ensure we achieve the Welsh Government’s Welsh Housing Quality Standard by 2020.

The work will include installing external wall insulation on 400 of Plas Madoc’s council owned, ‘Cubbitt’ (steel framed) houses.

The insulation is designed to improve the energy efficiency of properties which are generally harder and more expensive to heat than traditional cavity-wall insulated brick houses.

Properties will also be reroofed, where required.

A number of empty properties in the Peris and Gwynant areas of the estate will also be demolished as part of the improvement work to the estate.

The project will also offer an opportunity to make improvements to the environment and landscape of the estate. This could potentially include redesigning public spaces, parking areas, new fencing, enlarging gardens and providing new build housing.

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Lead Member for Housing, Cllr David Griffiths, said: “Following many months of preparation and consultation work with the local tenants and residents, we can now announce that the improvement work will begin during the next few weeks.

“The first steps will include demolishing properties in Peris and Gwynant. These have traditionally been unpopular and difficult to let and they offer very little to the appearance of the estate. Demolishing them will open up these areas and help us improve the estate from an environmental perspective.”

“The external wall insulation will also make a huge difference. It’s designed to make colder homes easier to heat so this will hopefully mean reduced energy bills for many of our tenants.

“Installing the insulation also allows us to dramatically improve the external appearance of the properties. We’ve worked hard to go the extra mile with the design work and we hope to repeat the success we’ve had with similar schemes we’ve carried out in areas such as Cefn and Johnstown.”

A drop-in information event on the improvement work will be held at Plas Madoc Leisure Centre (in the Aqua Lounge) on Wednesday, 9th August, 2pm-6.30pm.

Anyone is welcome to attend. Housing Officers will be on hand to answer questions and there will also be a chance to meet and speak to the contractors carrying out the work. Local Member for Plas Madoc,

A CGI video preview of how the estate could look was produced earlier this year by a partnership between Wrexham Council’s Housing & Economy Department and Glyndwr University.

For more information on the housing improvement work being carried out to achieve the Welsh Housing Quality Standard visit the council website. You can also follow Wrexham Council’s Housing Service on facebook for regular updates.

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Source: https://news.wrexham.gov.uk/the-estate-thats-about-to-get-a-makeover/ (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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