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Housing firm gets £42m to spruce East End homes

PUBLISHED: 21:51 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:37 05 October 2010

HOUSING bosses have signed a £42 million deal to bring thousands of ex-council homes up to scratch in East London.

Bosses at Old Ford Housing have appointed Apollo, one of Britain’s biggest social housing refurbishment and maintenance groups, for a five-year programme

HOUSING bosses have signed a £42 million deal to bring thousands of ex-council homes up to scratch in East London.

Bosses at Old Ford Housing have appointed Apollo, one of Britain's biggest social housing refurbishment and maintenance groups, for a five-year programme.

This will upgrade 2,550 homes on the Parkside estates in Bow to get them up to the Government's 'Decent Homes' criteria.

The work which begins next month includes removing asbestos, carrying out repairs and redecorating, replacing doors and windows and sprucing up the outside of the blocks.

The cash comes from Whitehall which housing campaigners claim was with-held from the local authority before the estates near Victoria Park were handed over. The estates were transferred to Old Ford Housing from Tower Hamlets council last year.

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