A new phase of major improvement work to homes on the St Thomas Estate in Bury has now begun.

The project marks the start of a £2m investment programme by Bury Council, delivered by Six Town Housing, which will see over 90 homes undergo much needed improvements - including new roofs, doors and external render to properties.

Building contractor A Connolly has started working on the first properties, following consultation events with residents earlier in the year, and a drop-in day in September where the work schedule was described in detail.  Residents were also assisted in removing rubbish and unwanted, bulky items during a free “skip day” last month.

Residents Barbara Seymour and Dianne Cooke (pictured with fellow resident Pat Shaw) were two of the tenants who attended the consultation meeting, and have been in regular contact with Six Town Housing and A Connolly since.

Dianne said, “I like that we are being kept up to date with the work on the estate and know the people who are doing it. They have explained everything to us.”

Barbara added, “The workmen are very approachable. It’s great that the Council and Six Town Housing are thinking of the people living here and working to make homes warmer.”

Cllr Rishi Shori, Cabinet Member for Housing and Deputy Leader of Bury Council, said, “Walls, doors and roofs are currently receiving work across St Thomas estate. Nearly 100 properties across the estate will be improved by the completion date in March.”

Emma Richman, Director of Assets at Six Town Housing said, “We are working to transform properties on St Thomas’ on behalf of the council, after identifying that the materials used in their original construction could be improved. We are working closely with tenants on the estate to ensure they are up to date with what is happening and when, and we know they are excited about the developments.”

Simon Harrison, Managing Director at A Connolly, said, “St Thomas’ Estate in Bury will be another excellent refurbishment scheme for us to deliver on behalf of Bury Council and Six Town Housing, and further extends our track-record for improving the homes of residents in the North West. This will be a big focus for us. We’re also keen to support the ‘Bury Pound’ and will continue using local companies and employing local people where possible.”

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