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Neighbourhood investor (Ni) Plus Dane Group is to be awarded a £100m contract to manage housing stock in Ellesmere Port and Neston, subject to final approval by Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Executive.
The five-year deal will help accelerate plans already in place to transform the area.
Plus Dane, a not-for-profit organisation, is already responsible for near 13,000 homes in Merseyside and Cheshire and has a reputation as a top performer in its sector.
The housing association, which exists to fight for fairness and against inequality, will take over the management, repairs and maintenance of more than 5,800 homes on July 1. Some 200 council staff will transfer to Plus Dane and there will be no compulsory redundancies as part of the changes.
Plus Dane’s Chief Executive Ken Perry, said: “Everyone at Plus Dane is delighted that Cheshire West and Chester Council has put its faith in us to assist, not just in improving the management and maintenance of the existing Council housing, but in playing a part in the overall transformation of the area.
“Being a Neighbourhood investor means working alongside, with and for the people of Ellesmere Port and Neston. The selection process has enabled us to meet some very impressive people including existing tenants, staff and people from the public, private and voluntary sectors. If the council’s executive committee approves our appointment we hope that we can help bring people together with a renewed sense of common purpose to further improve the quality of life, choice and opportunity for everyone in this wonderful town.”
Mr Perry added: “I am from Ellesmere Port and started my career there. I owe a lot to the town and its people and I am thrilled to be playing a part in helping its transformation.”
Peter Shaw, Plus Dane’s Managing Director for the contract said: “Everyone involved in the bidding process is really excited about the prospect of working alongside colleagues already delivering the services for Ellesmere Port and Neston tenants.
“We are already planning for the start of the contract and once the decision is formally approved we aim to begin implementing our proposals as soon as we can. A big part of this is to secure a suitable office base in the area so that the services can continue to be delivered locally.”
This contract win would be the latest success for Plus Dane, which has won a range of major service contracts and new funding streams this year as well as being voted 20th in the Sunday Times Best Companies to work for awards, one of Stonewall’s top 100 gay friendly businesses and Your Move magazine’s Social Landlord of the Year award.