THE leader of England’s housing regulator has visited a number of projects in Halton.
Peter Marsh, chief executive of the Tenant Services Authority took a tour of Halton Housing Trust schemes in Widnes and Runcorn.
Mr Marsh, who was joined by two other members of his management team, Phil Morgan and Graeme Foster, visited a number of sites to see how the trust was working with its customers to improve the borough.
This included a new development at Clarke Gardens in Widnes, which will see the construction of 12 two-bedroom apartments and six bungalows on the former brownfield site.
He was also shown a property on Blackburne Avenue, Widnes, where the trust had airlifted a special modular building, which acts as a temporary extension on to the side of a family’s home to provide better facilities for a disabled boy.
Next Mr Marsh visited a home where he saw the benefits of some of the trust’s £85m programme of improvements.
Thousands of new windows, boilers, bathrooms, kitchens and central heating systems have recently been installed in its properties as part of the work.
He was also invited to meet a group of trust customers who had been working on the TSA-sponsored local standards pilot scheme, aimed at developing improved ways in which people access affordable rented housing across the borough.
Peter said: “I enjoyed meeting and talking to tenants at Halton Housing Trust.
“The breadth of work is clearly helping to transform lives and communities, improving heating and kitchens in existing homes, building much needed new homes and involving tenants in the design of local allocation standards.”