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Janet's Corner Tenants Consulted 19 November 2003

The Department of Local Government and the Environment has published the results of a recent survey of tenants about the refurbishment of their homes in Janet's Corner, Castletown.

Prior to the refurbishment of 182 homes, the Department invited each tenant to complete a questionnaire and comment on improvements or changes they would like to see on completion of the project. The project is programmed to start in Summer 2004 and will take around 5 years to complete. Some tenants will be transferred temporarily to a new housing development at Red Gap until their homes have been rebuilt or refurbished.

The Department decided to hold a prize draw from all those who responded to the questionnaire. Mr. Tony Brown, SHK, made the draw for the second lucky winner of the prize vouchers at the Legion Hall and pulled the name of Victoria Haughton 'out of the hat'.

Richard Senior, the Department's Director of Estates and Housing, said,

"There was a large response and I am delighted that so many tenants took the trouble to fill in the questionnaire. The information gathered from returns does provide a valuable insight into the wishes of the tenants and we shall ensure that every suggestion is considered and, where practical, incorporated within financial constraints.

"Results from the questionnaire have shown that 90% of the tenants found their homes and estate a safe and secure place to live, and the majority of tenants are looking forward to returning to Janet's Corner following completion of the work. A high priority for most tenants is central heating, insulation, new kitchens and draught proof windows and doors."

Mr. Senior also said he was pleased to see that over 70% of the tenants have expressed a wish to continue to be involved in the tenant participation group.

Mr. Brown, SHK, added,

"I, too, am delighted to see that the tenants are being consulted and invited to contribute to the design and quality of their homes and estate. I am sure that they can look forward to a much improved environment and quality of living in the not-too-distant future."

The Department has invited all tenants to meet representatives from the Department to discuss the response from the questionnaire and the future modernisation of the estate. All tenants will be welcome to "drop in" to the Legion Hall at any time between 2.00pm and 8.30pm on Tuesday 25th November 2003.

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