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Stay there and cook it!

36% of Lancashire cooking fires are caused by distractions in the home Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service is asking you to “Stay there and cook it”. Whether it’s a misbehaving dog, a phone call or the kid’s homework, simple distractions can have devastating effects when cooking. Around half of all accidental house fires that fire and rescue services attend each year are cooking related fires. Research carried out by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service shows most cooking fires were caused ...
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It’s Gas safety Week!

Blackpool Coastal Housing has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week (13 – 19 September 2021) to raise awareness about the importance of gas safety. As we celebrate the 11th year of Gas Safety Week, organisations from across the UK are working together to raise awareness of the dangers of poorly maintained gas appliances, which can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. This year, Gas Safety Week is addressing a whole range of gas safety matters ...
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Are you starting a Higher Education course this September?

If you’re eligible for a Student Loan, this along with any bursaries, is classed as an income and will affect your Universal Credit entitlement. Any other benefits you were receiving (with the exception of Personal Independence Payments) are also likely to stop. This means you will need to budget for your rent, bills and living expenses from your student loan. If you are single, with no dependants or health issues you will be unable to claim Universal Credit and will ...
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Energy Angels – new partnership with energy supplier

We are pleased to announce that we have embarked on a new partnership with Energy Angels, which aims to provide tenants with potential energy savings solutions The partnership provides a 100% impartial energy price comparison service enabling customers to switch energy suppliers and potentially save money in minutes. This is coupled with a service to deal quickly with any meter problems before the property is relet. As part of the partnership, smart meters will also be fitted to homes during ...
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Coronavirus – Updated advice for residents

The safety of our customers, staff and contractors is of paramount importance to us and we continue to closely monitor guidance from Public Health England and the Government regarding the spread of Coronavirus. Following the lifting of lockdown restrictions on 19th July and in supporting the efforts to ensure that the risk of contracting the virus is reduced while ensuring that we continue to meet your needs, we have made changes to our service delivery as follows: Reporting repairs We ...
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Multi-million pound Blackpool housing redevelopment welcomes first new residents

A £10m brand new affordable housing redevelopment Troutbeck Crescent in Mereside, Blackpool has welcomed some of its first new tenants. Angela and Mark Short along with their two children, Jemma, 17, and Declan 18, have just moved into one of the new build homes that have been completed during phase one of works at Troutbeck Crescent which has seen nine properties released for occupancy. The scheme will ultimately offer a total of 75 modern, affordable, high quality social housing rented homes to replace the original six three-storey blocks of flats that were on the site. The scheme, developed by Blackpool Council is set to deliver 27 two bed houses, 18 three bed houses, 2 three bed accessible ...
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BCH relocates to @The Grange Community Hub

Blackpool Coastal Housing has made the decision to close its Grange Park Estate Office on Chepstow Road, Blackpool, in order to move into office space within the community hub, @The Grange Blackpool. From July 31st the Grange Park office will be closed permanently and handed over to Blackpool Council to form part of the wider redevelopment plans for Grange Park. John Donnellon, Chief Executive of Blackpool Coastal Housing, said; “This move is a fantastic opportunity to not only work within ...
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BCH Volunteer Blog

Hello once again!  My name is David Shakespeare and I have been a Blackpool Coastal Housing (BCH) tenant since 2009. I’m a volunteer on BCH’s TOWER Scrutiny Panel and have recently taken on the role of Chairperson. TOWER is made up of tenant volunteers and we complete regular reviews on different service areas to ensure they’re fit for purpose, and to try and improve and develop these where possible for the benefit of all customers. Alongside this, I have just ...
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Grange Road Improvement Works

As part of our commitment to provide good quality accommodation across our housing stock, our Assets Team has been working in partnership with local contractor Bambers to complete major improvement works to the block of properties incorporating 102-108 Grange Road, Layton. The refurbishment has seen the façade of the 2 storey building completely transformed with new external panelling; providing a sleek, modern look and reducing future maintenance requirements. Other aspects involved in the improvement works included: Full roof replacement New ...