Thanks for your patience, grass cutting back in action

Published 7 May 2020

I am over the moon to announce that we are now able to start cutting grass and maintaining shared areas with the support of our partner Sodexo Horticultural Services. I am exceptionally proud of the standard of our estates and it has been a difficult time for all of us, having to accept that our normal grounds maintenance service has been halted. Thank you for your patience with this, however I’m hoping we can make some headway and get things back to normal as soon as possible.

As we have been unable to cut grass for some time, I’m sure you’ll appreciate we have a lot to get through; over 2.2 million square metres to be exact! We will be starting with the areas around our independent living schemes first, prioritising some of our most vulnerable tenants, before moving on to other areas. However we will be coming to your area as soon as we can.

Our teams will be following social distancing guidance so please avoid coming too close but please feel free to give them a wave if you see them.

We are hoping to increase our capacity over the coming weeks and are also looking at resuming other services in the near future. We will be following all of the Government guidance as it’s released but please do understand that , like many, some of our employees may need to self-isolate or have underlying conditions that might prevent them working for the moment so we will do as much as we can when we can.

I am pleased that our tenants are proud of where they live and keen to see high standards on estates, but obviously it will take a little time to tackle the growth and get standards back to what we would want to see – and we are always reliant on the good weather! As always, we want to ensure the safety of our teams and tenants at all times. Every effort will be made to return to normal over the coming weeks. We appreciate the help and understanding of all of our tenants at this time and understand your concerns.

On the topic of being proud of where you live, I imagine lots of you will be looking forward to enjoying the bank holiday weekend and celebrating VE Day from your doorsteps and front lawns. I would encourage you to celebrate at home and share some positivity in what has been and continues to be a difficult time for all of us, however, as always, I urge you to continue to follow the social distancing advice and stay at home where you can. We are running a campaign on our Facebook account at the moment where you can share your VE Day photos, memories and recipes so please join in if you can.

Enjoy the bank holiday and take a moment to remember and celebrate VE Day.


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