Thenue tells AGM of commitment to deliver new homes
Fresh from winning the accolade of Housing Association of the Year in the summer, the Association said new homes are on the way in the East End of the Glasgow and Castlemilk.
The AGM held at the Calton Heritage and Learning Centre in Calton was a typically well attended occasion and heard from both chair Owen Stewart and chief executive Charlie Turner.
Owen told the meeting that winning Housing Association of the Year was undoubtedly the highlight of the past 12 months saying it was a “huge pat on the back” for the team at Thenue.
He added that the relentless drive to deliver value for money for customers along with high levels of performance were key to Thenue’s ongoing success.
Owen said: “We never lose sight of the need to deliver value for money and focus firmly on customer satisfaction.”
He added that £566,000 was obtained in funding over the last year to power the regeneration work of the Association with not one penny coming from rent. That figure excludes last week’s major announcement of almost £1 million for a long-awaited new youth and community centre in Castlemilk funded by Big Lottery Scotland, he added.
In his remarks, Charlie revealed to members that Thenue had embarked on a new wave of building homes.
This includes 69 homes in Castlemilk and Bridgeton and 43 flats in one of Glasgow’s most iconic and historic streets - Monteith Row near Glasgow Green. Just this week it was announced a further 64 East End family homes are coming in 2018.
The new homes come less than two years after the biggest ever housing boost for the East End when Thenue and two other housing providers bought many of the homes at the former Commonwealth Games Village in Dalmarnock.
Charlie said: “Following the success of that significant development where we were able to house families in 200 properties, we are pleased to be back building homes that people need by setting out our plans between now and 2018.”
Charlie added that the strong performance of Thenue was borne out in its most recent customer satisfaction survey with, for example, approval of the repairs and maintenance service sitting at 98 per cent.
Tenancy sustainment also remained high showing the Association was committing resources to ensure people were able to keep their tenancies.
Charlie also pointed to the ongoing regeneration work of Thenue singling out the ‘Smart Communities’ project which offers a range of digital-related help – particularly aimed at those who have never used computers before. A new ‘tablet lending’ scheme was also being introduced to help further.