Gloucester City Homes has confirmed that it is to bring its grounds maintenance service in house.
The service, which will be brought directly under the control of Gloucester City Homes on 1 April, has until now been outsourced.
Commenting on the move, Estates manager Joe O’Riordan said: “No-one knows and loves our communities like GCH.
“Because our new grounds maintenance contractors will join our existing PropertyCare team, we can be much more flexible and responsive to customers.
“Before, we would have to raise any customer requests or concerns with an external contractor with a waiting time of up to 14 days.
“From April, we will be able to quickly rectify any issues.”
He added: “Best of all, it means a saving of 48% on the cost of the contract which we will use to invest in our homes and services.”
The grounds maintenance team will cover all Gloucester City Homes sites in Gloucester, including Matson, Podsmead, Kingsholm and Westgate, Coney Hill, Tuffley, Parklands, Elmbridge, Lampreys, Barnwood, The Oval, Linden, Longlevens, Cathedral City, White City, the city centre, and all of its independent living schemes.
They will mow the grass, cut hedges, clear leaves through the autumn and winter months, and plant and maintain shrubs and borders.
Joe added: “We are excited by the chance to include more biodiversity in our planting – for example, we are hoping to introduce wild flower patches, tree-planting, and community orchards.”
Gloucester City Homes is an independent registered housing association owning and managing around 5,000 in the Gloucester area.
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