Refurbishment is better for people and for the planet

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MORE than 40 older 
tenants have celebrated the 
completion of a £350,000 
refurbishment of their homes, including the installation of an eco-friendly heating scheme.

The investment from Daventry & District Housing has led to apartments at its Stephenson Court sheltered scheme in Kilsby being refurbished to include new kitchens and wet rooms, improving quality of life for residents.

The scheme’s old oil-fired heating system has been replaced with an energy-efficient biomass boiler, a renewable energy supply which will burn environmentally friendly biomass wood pellets.

Work has also included the creation of a dedicated suite, to offer accommodation and health support for those moving back home from hospital.

Other improvements include full decoration throughout and a lighting upgrade to the communal areas.

Residents and staff from DDH celebrated the new look scheme with an official unveiling, with neighbours Maureen Houltrum and Beryl Pouncey cutting the ribbon on the boiler room.

Maureen, who is the scheme’s oldest resident, said: “It was a really enjoyable afternoon and everyone had a really good time. I have lived here for 25 years and having the new boiler has made a big difference.”

Ciara McMillan, community and partnership manager at DDH, said: “This event was the perfect opportunity to join our residents in celebrating a new, improved, Stephenson Court.

“We’ve worked with tenants to understand how we can improve their homes to better meet their housing needs, and have had a great response to the changes.

“The new boiler will help to keep tenants warmer and reduce the environmental footprint of the scheme, meeting our wider remit to care for the locations where we work while providing our tenants with quality affordable homes.”