Work on £120 million Heath Town revamp halted

Work on a £120 million project to revamp and modernise Heath Town has been suspended amid coronavirus.

The Heath Town estate in Wolverhampton
The Heath Town estate in Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton Homes, Wolverhampton Council's housing arm, made the decision as part of plans to help tackle the spread of Covid-19.

Workers will be limited in and around properties which it runs to safeguard residents and employees – with emergency work still being carried out.

Shaun Aldis, chief executive of Wolverhampton Homes, said: "We appreciate Wolverhampton residents have been deeply affected by the coronavirus outbreak and that many people are having to make major adjustments in light of the restrictions imposed by government, both in their working and personal lives.

"Our focus at this unprecedented time is to ensure the continued provision of essential services that local people rely on, and to reduce the spread of infection as much as possible.

"I would like to reassure residents and the wider community that we will resume normal services as soon as physically possible. In the meantime, we are working closely with Wolverhampton Council to support residents and to minimise the impact of the outbreak.

"We are supporting the council’s ‘Stay Safe, Be Kind’ campaign. Crisis situations like these have the potential to bring out the best in people and to bring us closer together as a city. I urge everyone to pull together at this time, by adhering to government guidance and by supporting our elderly and most vulnerable in our communities."

People are still being encouraged to contact Wolverhampton Homes in case of a housing emergency – either through a webchat or 01902 552999.

Residents can still check and update their information and complete other tasks using my account – an online facility provided by Wolverhampton Homes.

Wolverhampton Homes is also working closely with Wates Living Space and United Living (North) to agree a package of measures to safeguard workers.

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