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Rising to the Challenge!

We all know that here in Cornwall our homes need regular maintenance to ward off that weathered look the traditional Cornish weather can bring!

Ocean ensures that the outside walls of all our homes are given a wash down or fresh coat of paint on a rolling basis, as part of our routine £4million annual investment in property maintenance.

In August, 83 year old Ocean tenant and Scrutiny Panel member Ron Deacle turned his attention to Ocean’s external decorations service and threw down the gauntlet to Nick Reeks (Planned Maintenance Co-ordinator) claiming “I can do it quicker” …and so the challenge was set…

The Challenge

Nick enlisted local contractor Westcountry Maintenance Services and rigged up a challenge day in Penwithick, for Ron and fellow Scrutiny Panel member, Mick Hennessey. The aim was to see if the challengers could wash down and repaint a shed door quicker than the professionals and to the exacting standards required. Rising to the challenge with a great sense of humour, they donned the work overalls and got hands on with the pressure washer, sand paper and paint brush to experience for themselves what it takes to be part of the exterior decorations team.

Dave Osborne of Westcountry Maintenance Services supervised the budding decorators and commented:

“They really got stuck in and got their hands dirty! It was great for them to see what’s involved and I think they were surprised at the level of planning required to get the best results with minimum disruption to the customer. They did a great job and are welcome to join us any time!”

Planned Maintenance Manager, Stephen Channing added,

“It’s really great to see our residents taking an interest not just in the work we deliver, but how we deliver it. Rest assured we won’t be expecting all our customers to roll up their sleeves and join the painting crew any time soon!”

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