Pioneering partnership announced with Wheatley Group

Wheatley Group has joined forces with us as part of a mission to make neighbourhoods clean and green.

Housing estates managed by the Wheatley Group, across Scotland, are to be put under the microscope in a new scheme designed to help make communities great. 

All the estates will be graded by a team of our assessors and scored in line with the Environmental Excellence scheme that has been developed in conjunction with the Wheatley Group. The scheme includes assessment against our National Award for Environmental Excellence as well as street and open space assessments, training and tenant’s perception surveys.

The new Making Communities Great partnership was launched on 26 April at Drygate.  It will see a selection of tenants and housing staff fully trained by us to assist with inspecting and assessing their neighbourhoods.

Wheatley Group’s Neighbourhood Services Leader Alex Adrain said: “We have already been working closely with our tenants to improve our communities and environmental standards but our new partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful is going to help us take this to the next level.

“This is all about ensuring every one of our neighbourhoods is expertly and independently assessed to a recognised standard - with pointers then given for how we can make that area the best it can be.

“We don’t want some of our tenants to live in nice areas they are proud of and for other areas to be let down by things like litter, dog fouling or communal areas that need upgrading. We want to make all our communities great.”

Selected tenants, will be trained in environmental monitoring, and will go on to work with us to grade every area owned and managed by Wheatley's six social landlords.

Derek Robertson, our CEO said: “We are delighted to be working with the Wheatley Group on this two-year partnership to help them support their tenants to make their neighbourhoods cleaner and greener.

“Over the past two years we’ve recognised more than 100 sites from a variety of business sectors with our National Award for Environmental Excellence. Using this success, we’ve worked with the Wheatley Group to develop a bespoke scheme, which will work for them and their tenants.

“We are particularly excited to be able to support tenants with training opportunities to help them inspect and assess the places that they care about, which will assist with the development of action plans for improvement.”

27 April 2017

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