Hoorah – it’s a Bank Holiday weekend! With the extra day off, we all start thinking about spending time with our families, getting out in the garden to prepare it for summer or doing that spring clean…..re-igniting a sense of pride in our community and surroundings.
One of our lovely residents, Jan from St. Agnes, recently emailed to tell us how things were going and how proud she was of her sons. Not only had they both been supportive through tough times but one had also done something for the benefit of others that she felt was worth sharing with us and others.
After what seems like a long, cold and wet Winter our Grounds Maintenance crew are getting ready to fuel up their mowers in preparation for the warmer weather.
Our hardworking grounds staff are responsible for looking after areas which include grass cutting, hedge trimming and maintaining pathways on approximately 160 of our estates.
It’s definitely a challenge for the team battling the Cornish inclement weather but the team are extremely vigilant when it comes to maintaining the areas where our tenants live. The dedicated team have been praised for providing the best standard of service which offers great value for money for Ocean tenants. Continue reading →
Ocean is committed to providing Value for Money for you, our tenants.
From the rent that you pay us we aim to supply you with the best possible services and to spend your money wisely.
The Government also expects us to provide Value for Money and require all housing associations to follow a Value for Money Standard that has been produced by the Government’s regulator of housing associations, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). Ocean and all other housing associations are required to produce an annual report. Continue reading →
Residents, staff and dignitories enjoyed a cuppa and a pasty around the new communal picnic tables and benches at Hawkins Road, Newquay, last week.
Ocean with the help of Hawkins Road’s residents hosted an event to celebrate the installation of the new furniture in their communal area outside the block on Thursday 5th November. A number of residents and their children turned out to thank Ocean for the new improvements to their living area which is part of an ongoing programme of planned improvements to the block.
“The residents here are so pleased with our new benches and picnic tables and we are so grateful to Ocean for providing them. We will really enjoy using them”, beamed Nancy Moody.
“It’s been a lovely afternoon with the local residents and we have enjoyed using the new outdoor furniture whilst drinking tea and eating pasties together”, concluded David.
The residents in the block of flats owe these new welcome additions to Ocean’s ‘Treasure Chest’ fund.
“Ocean’s tenants can apply for funds through our Treasure Chest Scheme to help them host community events, street parties and various projects within their neighbourhood. Hawkins Road’s new furniture is a great example of how Ocean’s Treasure Chest is used by our residents to unite them with others in their community”, added David Renwick, Ocean’s Group Chief Executive
We hope the residents of Hawkins Road will enjoy many more such events, bringing together the community.
Residents at Hawkin’s Road Newquay have taken a stand against fly tipping with help from their Neighbourhood Services Officer Paul and the recent installation of CCTV.
“This area has been a hotspot for fly tipping and we’ve had enough” explains Mary. “It makes me mad to see so much rubbish making the place look untidy”.
“The CCTV seems to have done the trick as there’s been a major improvement in the area. The discreet and portable equipment helps us to identify those responsible and keep our estates clean and tidy” concludes Paul.
If you’re concerned about fly-tipping, make a report:
Mobility scooters offer a lifeline to many people giving mobility and independence. Chances are you know someone who uses one or maybe you use one yourself, so here are some reminders on how to store scooters safely.
Firstly, storing scooters out of the way means you have a clear escape route in the event of a fire so it’s important not to store them in communal halls and stairwells. Scooters left on charge overnight or whilst you’re out can be a common cause for fire, therefore make sure they are serviced regularly and keep an eye on them whilst they are charging. Finally scooters can be everyday trip hazard so make sure they are not blocking paths or doorways.
By keeping communal areas clear, you are helping to keep you, your family and neighbours safe.
No, we’re not on about the British film classic by Monty Python, but our very own Brian who is our new caretaker for Park House.
We welcome Brian from a life down-under where he used to run his own business, but he couldn’t resist the lure of Cornwall and recently returned to the county.
As the only high rise building in Cornwall, Brian has a tall order on his hands. With over sixty flats across eleven floors, he will be responsible for the upkeep of the building, ensuring Park House remains safe and secure for its residents.
Brian steps in from Peter who recently retired from the caretaking role after nine years. We wish Peter a fond farewell together with a long and happy retirement.