Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

How We Are Playing Our Part in Ensuring the Quality of Life Continues

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

How We Are Playing Our Part in Ensuring the Quality of Life Continues

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Byline: Iain Sim, (pictured) Chief Executive Of Coast & Country

The future is looking bright for people of the Tees Valley. Employment is on the increase and new and planned commercial and residential property schemes ( such as Middlehaven in Middlesbrough, Morton Palms in Darlington and Coatham Enclosure in Redcar ( are attractive to people looking to live and work in the area.

Pleasingly, the news pages of local media are frequently occupied with positive stories about the achievements of local people and, most importantly, feedback from residents suggests that the quality and standard of living in the Tees Valley is also on the rise.

Coast & Country Housing is playing a prominent role in helping to raise this standard. As one of the largest accommodation providers in the region, we are committed to providing good quality housing for local residents. And together with key partners such as the police, Job Centre Plus, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, education providers and the media, we are working hard to reduce crime, boost employment and create sustainable communities across the area.

This year will see the continuation of our pounds 80m investment programme, which will upgrade every Coast & Country property to meet the Decent Homes Standard set by the government. The government has set a target to ensure that all social housing meets standards of decency by 2010. Our five-year investment programme includes extensive maintenance and repair work to our housing stock in the Redcar, East Cleveland and Greater Eston areas.

In October last year, Coast & Country sealed a pounds 20m partnership agreement with Frank Haslam Milan to carry out maintenance work to 2,091 properties across East Cleveland and parts of Redcar.

This will supplement the work being carried out by our own in-house Building Services Workforce (totalling some pounds 60million) in primarily the Eston area. And in December we secured pounds 20m of funding from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to help strengthen our investment plans for the forthcoming year.

Local people have a right to expect good quality housing and we are working with a number of construction and maintenance organisations to improve standards of accommodation across the borough. …

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