Almost 300 homes on Sheffield estate renovated in massive makeover

Coun Harry Harpham meets resident Bill Swaby at Callow Place, Gleadless.
Coun Harry Harpham meets resident Bill Swaby at Callow Place, Gleadless.
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A MAMMOTH project to revamp almost 300 homes at tower blocks on a Sheffield housing estate has been completed - and councillors visited the area to see what tenants think of the work.

Interior work to the homes on Callow Mount, Gleadless Valley, started in early 2009 and was completed in October that year.

A total of 292 homes received new kitchens, bathrooms and doors. Contractors then switched to the exterior of the six blocks, which have now been finished.

The improvements were part of the £700 million Decent Homes project to improve council houses across the city.

New Labour cabinet member for housing Coun Harry Harpham and fellow councillor Coun Isobel Bowler visited residents of the blocks including Bill Swaby, a member of Gleadless Valley Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, to inspect the improvements.

Mr Swaby, who is also an area board member of housing management firm Sheffield Homes, said: “I’m highly delighted with the Decent Homes improvements which have absolutely transformed my home.

“I now have a new kitchen, bathroom, windows and balcony area enclosed by the cladding work.

“The quality of the work is excellent and the workmen were fantastic.”

The councillors also met Sheffield Homes staff tackling issues and services including anti-social behaviour, estate services, customer care and tenancy management.

Coun Harpham said: “Providing excellent housing services is key to making Sheffield a great place to live, and it’s a top priority for me to get out there and meet residents and the people who are delivering housing services.”

Les Benn, south west area manager for Sheffield Homes, said: “It’s great Coun Harpham and Coun Bowler took the time to meet customers and staff, who I know really appreciated the visit.”