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Monday 23 May 2011

Crewe housing scheme wins excellence award


A £4.5 million Council-backed project to enhance a Wulvern Housing estate in Crewe has scooped a major award for excellence.

Cheshire East has supported Wulvern to transform the Sherborne Road estate into a more attractive place to live.

And now it has won the Regeneration Scheme of the Year at the Housing Excellence Awards 2011 – beating off four other nationwide nominations.

The first phase of the scheme involved the demolition of 13 dilapidated properties to create more public space, the refurbishment of 53 houses, nine new homes, community facilities and traffic calming measures to increase road safety.

Councillor Jamie Macrae, Cabinet member with responsibility for prosperity, said: “Cheshire East is extremely proud to support this project, which has successfully helped to regenerate a part of Crewe and create a better living environment for its residents.

“The aim was to create a sustainable community, make best use of existing accommodation and reduce anti-social behaviour and we hope to replicate this process in other parts of the Borough.

“This project is an excellent example of Cheshire East working with others to deliver for its residents.”

Councillor Peggy Martin, ward member for Crewe East, added: “I was very impressed with the improvements when I walked around the estate. It is good to see better parking facilities and the new houses are beautiful to look at. I am confident that the residents will benefit from this scheme.”

Private sector housing officers will shortly be releasing information on the advice and assistance which is to be made available to owner occupiers on the next phases of the development to help them to improve their homes.

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