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Poole tower blocks set for £7million revamp
PROMINENT Poole tower blocks are set to have a makeover under a £7million scheme due to go before council today.
The much-needed works to Sterte Court, highly visible to people arriving in Poole along the Holes Bay Road, will be carried out through the council’s management agent Poole Housing Partnership.
The blocks will have new cladding of the outside walls to provide much improved weather proofing and energy insulation, along with new roof, windows, heating, ventilation, balconies and ground floor lobbies. Improvements to give residents a much better home environment have been welcomed by Bill Durrant, local community representative for Sterte.
“We have been involved in consultation meetings over the past year and we have considered various options,” he said. “We are now really keen to see this project start on site.
“The works will enhance our living environments, reduce our energy costs, and they will hugely improve the appearance of these blocks, to the benefit of the whole town.”
Cllr Peter Adams, Borough of Poole cabinet portfolio holder for housing and community services, said: “We are delighted that we have been able to put together funding for these works.
“The completed blocks will be much nicer for the residents. They will be safer, warmer and cheaper to heat.
“We thank the residents for their patience and subject to full council approval we are now looking forward to starting work on site.”
Subject to council approval the contractor is likely to start on site in April 2013.
A STERTE Court resident, whose flat suffers from damp said: “I think they should be demolished. They are riddled with damp.
“They come and patch it up. Hopefully it will improve.”
Another said: “In the current economy there are lots more things the council could spend the money on rather than spending £7million on doing up the flats. It can wait.”
Another woman said: “I think they should do it before it falls down. It’s an eyesore.
“There are beautiful views over Holes Bay but the flat I moved into had been left in an awful state.”