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Pembrokeshire win 2016 Gas Access Week Competition!
Pembrokeshire Housing Association scooped the Gas Access Week prize for their project to tackle Gas Access to their 2,500 properties and took home a Kane 456 flue gas analyser and extras worth £700.
The winning entry for the 2016 Gas Access Week Competition was from Antony James, Maintenance Manager at Pembrokeshire Housing Association who described how they approached gas access issues:
“We have areas based housing teams, as opposed to specialist teams, which means that area staff take ownership of repairs, voids and estate management as well as gas safety. If there is any other work taking place in or around a property when we need to get in to complete a Landlord’s Gas Safety Record, the team will know to arrange for an engineer to call at the same time. Our area housing officers call and visit our customers to arrange access and will contact relatives, support workers or neighbours to help arrange access where appropriate.”
“For some customers we offer an incentive of putting credit on pre-payment gas and electric meters to help get the safety checks done and for customers with oil fired heating we bring some heating oil. Customers are entered into a free prize draw just for letting us in to get the safety checks done and we promote the gas access campaign, annual gas safety awareness week and gas safe register on our Facebook page and quarterly newsletter.”
“We don’t waste time with expensive gadgets and gizmos to turn off or limit gas to ma property out of compliance and instead put our resources into people who can get the job done. This makes our cost per property performance result for housing management is in the upper quartile but we have reported 100% gas safety compliance to our Board each quarter since early 2009.”
“We were delighted to win Social Housing Contractor of the Year (Wales) at the 2015 Gas Safety Awards.”
Claire Sawyer of Oakleaf Commercial Services collected the Kane 456 flue gas analyser on behalf of Pembrokeshire Housing Association and she is pictured here with Jonathan Kane who presented the prize and Claire Heyes CEO of the AGSM.
Gas Access Week 2016 ran from 11th to 17th April 2016 and aimed to draw attention to the significant wasted costs and resources for landlords in trying to gain access to their properties to carry out their mandatory gas safety checks and to highlight the major new initiatives which are being made to help make a difference.
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