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New initiative to create jobs, improve services and save money

River Clyde Homes sets up own Grounds Maintenance Team

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River Clyde Homes, the Inverclyde-based housing association, has set up its own Grounds Maintenance Team with the aim of improving its services and saving rent payers’ money whilst boosting local employment and training opportunities.

The works were previously carried out by external contractors but following customer feedback, and in recognition of the many advantages of directly providing this service in-house, the new team will allow for more control of service quality and improvements to the service.

Albert Henderson, Chair of the River Clyde Homes Board, said:

“The new service will operate under our subsidiary company, River Clyde Property Management, which was set up at the end of last year and has been doing a great job installing new kitchens and bathrooms in the Broomhill area as part of the ongoing £26 million regeneration project. We are already seeing significant savings there, and I anticipate something similar with the new Grounds Maintenance Team.

Gary Wilson, Executive Director of Property Services, added:

“We have employed a team of 11, all from the local area, and will be providing training opportunities for young people in Inverclyde. There has been investment in new machinery and a small fleet of vehicles, and the teams will be visible in neighbourhoods soon. The setting up of the new service has caused a slight delay in the grounds maintenance programme this season, and we would ask customers for their patience while the teams get out and about in neighbourhoods.”

River Clyde Homes has written to all customers explaining the situation and giving assurance to them that the cutting of grass, in particular, is a priority in the coming weeks.

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