Poole tower blocks set for £7million revamp

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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.”

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4:06pm Tue 18 Dec 12

l'anglais says...

If there are 2 locations in Poole that could be considered prime real estate (other than Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks), it has to be Sterte and Turlin Moor.
Instead , some planner from the dark ages decided on building council flats and council houses.
If there are 2 locations in Poole that could be considered prime real estate (other than Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks), it has to be Sterte and Turlin Moor. Instead , some planner from the dark ages decided on building council flats and council houses. l'anglais

4:34pm Tue 18 Dec 12

portia6 says...

The flats are out of date and need to
be replaced with houses not flats!
Its a shame because they're in a
good location. Surely with the amount of
space there is more than enough to
provide decent homes for families.
The flats are out of date and need to be replaced with houses not flats! Its a shame because they're in a good location. Surely with the amount of space there is more than enough to provide decent homes for families. portia6

4:37pm Tue 18 Dec 12

manyogie says...

Same cladding that's falling off the block in front of Asda?
Same cladding that's falling off the block in front of Asda? manyogie

5:23pm Tue 18 Dec 12

portia6 says...

Must be a conspiracy! Ask the tenants
what they want! The problem is some
of the flats are privately owned so
the council couldn't demolish cart-
blanch!
Must be a conspiracy! Ask the tenants what they want! The problem is some of the flats are privately owned so the council couldn't demolish cart- blanch! portia6

6:14pm Tue 18 Dec 12

mike in florida says...

please could someone tell me how many flats there are in the 2 blocks
please could someone tell me how many flats there are in the 2 blocks mike in florida

7:03pm Tue 18 Dec 12

sea poole says...

l'anglais-and your point is...?
l'anglais-and your point is...? sea poole

7:22pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Desperado says...

portia6 wrote:
Must be a conspiracy! Ask the tenants what they want! The problem is some of the flats are privately owned so the council couldn't demolish cart- blanch!
That will look a bit odd, if the council tart up the rented ones, and leave privately owned ones as they are,.
Mind you they should never have sold off council houses / flats in the first place.
[quote][p][bold]portia6[/bold] wrote: Must be a conspiracy! Ask the tenants what they want! The problem is some of the flats are privately owned so the council couldn't demolish cart- blanch![/p][/quote]That will look a bit odd, if the council tart up the rented ones, and leave privately owned ones as they are,. Mind you they should never have sold off council houses / flats in the first place. Desperado

8:38am Wed 19 Dec 12

mysticalshoelace says...

£7million for a make over?? Knock them down, they're ugly and unsuitable for human habitation!
£7million for a make over?? Knock them down, they're ugly and unsuitable for human habitation! mysticalshoelace

9:07am Wed 19 Dec 12

l'anglais says...

sea poole wrote:
l'anglais-and your point is...?
Poole is a shambles from a town planning point of view.
If council estates had been confined to areas away from The Quay, Sterte and Turlin Moor, then additional tourism facilities, quality real estate would have generated extra income for the local economy.
Instead, tax payers subsidise social housing in nice areas of the town.
[quote][p][bold]sea poole[/bold] wrote: l'anglais-and your point is...?[/p][/quote]Poole is a shambles from a town planning point of view. If council estates had been confined to areas away from The Quay, Sterte and Turlin Moor, then additional tourism facilities, quality real estate would have generated extra income for the local economy. Instead, tax payers subsidise social housing in nice areas of the town. l'anglais

9:49am Wed 19 Dec 12

sea poole says...

l'anglais -Guess you're just trying to wind-up. You cannot be serious (to quote). So, where do you suggest we site social housing...? France? Dale Farm? Do enlighten us, I'm sure we'd love to know your innermost thoughts...
l'anglais -Guess you're just trying to wind-up. You cannot be serious (to quote). So, where do you suggest we site social housing...? France? Dale Farm? Do enlighten us, I'm sure we'd love to know your innermost thoughts... sea poole

2:57pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Victor_Meldrew_Lives! says...

Eye sores. Demolish them.
Eye sores. Demolish them. Victor_Meldrew_Lives!

3:02pm Wed 19 Dec 12

l'anglais says...

sea poole wrote:
l'anglais -Guess you're just trying to wind-up. You cannot be serious (to quote). So, where do you suggest we site social housing...? France? Dale Farm? Do enlighten us, I'm sure we'd love to know your innermost thoughts...
Poole Harbour is re-knowned for it's large number of uninhabited islands. Ship 'em there and call 'en Johnny Foreigners if you will.
[quote][p][bold]sea poole[/bold] wrote: l'anglais -Guess you're just trying to wind-up. You cannot be serious (to quote). So, where do you suggest we site social housing...? France? Dale Farm? Do enlighten us, I'm sure we'd love to know your innermost thoughts...[/p][/quote]Poole Harbour is re-knowned for it's large number of uninhabited islands. Ship 'em there and call 'en Johnny Foreigners if you will. l'anglais

12:21pm Fri 21 Dec 12

ashleycross says...

Better housing for people to be born into makes for a happy more productive cooperative society. Frankly with the state these are in and have been for the last two decades since I've been in Poole, it's a miracle we haven't had riots here. This renovation is well overdue and will do the whole town good. Bad housing makes for resentment and shouldn't be allowed to become the norm in a civilized town with opportunities and hope for everyone, not just those born with a silver spoon in their mouths.
Better housing for people to be born into makes for a happy more productive cooperative society. Frankly with the state these are in and have been for the last two decades since I've been in Poole, it's a miracle we haven't had riots here. This renovation is well overdue and will do the whole town good. Bad housing makes for resentment and shouldn't be allowed to become the norm in a civilized town with opportunities and hope for everyone, not just those born with a silver spoon in their mouths. ashleycross

2:05pm Fri 21 Dec 12

paul.p says...

l'anglais wrote:
sea poole wrote:
l'anglais-and your point is...?
Poole is a shambles from a town planning point of view.
If council estates had been confined to areas away from The Quay, Sterte and Turlin Moor, then additional tourism facilities, quality real estate would have generated extra income for the local economy.
Instead, tax payers subsidise social housing in nice areas of the town.
Good point.
[quote][p][bold]l'anglais[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sea poole[/bold] wrote: l'anglais-and your point is...?[/p][/quote]Poole is a shambles from a town planning point of view. If council estates had been confined to areas away from The Quay, Sterte and Turlin Moor, then additional tourism facilities, quality real estate would have generated extra income for the local economy. Instead, tax payers subsidise social housing in nice areas of the town.[/p][/quote]Good point. paul.p

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