Revamped Taunton home marks major milestone in £6million regeneration programme

10th December 2018

A Taunton resident is celebrating in style after her home became the 1000th to be revamped as part of a £6million regeneration programme.

Cheryl Britton has lived in the semi-detached property in Norton Fitzwarren with her husband for more than 15 years.

Over the course of a day, Mrs Britton has seen her home improved with a brand-new combi-boiler and heating system, which it is estimated will save her over £270 per year on energy bills.

The improvement work was carried out by energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE, on behalf of Taunton Deane Borough Council, as part of a programme to upgrade 500 homes every year by providing a more sustainable and cost-effective source of heating.

Cheryl said: “The whole experience has been really good. The project team were fabulous and told me exactly what I was going to have done. They did it all very quickly and I’m very happy with the work, they even revamped my fireplace! Our home is so much warmer now.”

Samantha Oldham, Project Manager for ENGIE’s Places & Communities division, said: “The team are so proud when we see residents enjoying their newly-improved homes, so it’s great that we’ve been able to celebrate reaching such a significant milestone on this project.

“At ENGIE, we specialise in creating sustainable communities and through this project we have been able to create warmer homes for residents, just in time for the winter.”

Terry Beale, Executive Councillor for Housing Services at Taunton Deane Borough Council, said: “We want to make a real difference to tenants’ quality of life where we can, by working to ensure their homes are warm, dry and energy efficient. Our aim when delivering buildings maintenance is to direct our contractors on the sort of service that we want to see from them for the health and wellbeing of our tenants, and I am delighted that together we are making a real difference.”

The four-year heating upgrade programme will be completed in September 2019.