The Association produces an annual Charter Performance Report each year for its tenants and service users. This is a vehicle for us to report back on our annual performance against our targets to our tenants and service users. In this report we compare our performance with that of previous years, and also with similar social landlords, to allow tenants to make an informed judgement of our performance. At Cunninghame our Tenants Working Group compiles our report each year and we would like to thank them for their efforts in producing a reader-friendly document which meets the needs and expectations of all our tenants. Our most recent Performance Report, looking back at our performance in 2015/2016, can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
CHA Performance Report 2015-2016 (6897 KB)
CHA, working in partnership with East Ayrshire Council and the Scottish Government, held an official ceremony on Tuesday 22nd November 2016 to mark the progress achieved to date on the site of the new build development at Hill Street, Kilmarnock.
The event was attended by Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing who was there to officiate and recognise the progress of the works on the site since the project commenced in September 2016.
A total of 45 houses and flats, all for rent is being delivered on the site comprising a mixture of 2 and 3 bedroom general needs houses, amenity cottage flats for older and less mobile people as well as 2 properties designed specifically for those with wheelchair needs.
A total of £3.55 million has been awarded in grant from the Scottish Government.
The project will take around 13 months to fully complete with overall completion scheduled for October 2017.
The main contractor, Ashleigh (Scotland) Ltd, is working closely with the Association to deliver a programme of Community Benefits with 4 new apprentices all from Ayrshire starting as a result of this project. In addition, Ashleigh is mentoring a local young person from Kilmarnock Academy and offering them career advice, assistance with presentation skills and with time management.
The perimeter hoarding which surrounds the site has been painted by local school pupils from Kilmarnock Academy, Hillhead Primary and St Joseph’s Academy. The schoolchildren approached the task with enthusiasm and enjoyed the experience. Ashleigh has also visited the local schools to give presentations to the pupils about the construction works and the importance of Health & Safety as well as running design competitions for the pupils with prizes offered to the successful pupils.
Frank Sweeney, Cunninghame Housing Association’s Chief Executive, commented “As well as Community Engagement playing a key role in the delivery of this project, there are also clear economic benefits with new apprenticeships and training opportunities being at the heart of this new development.
“The project is another example of partnership working providing quality houses for rent. We are delighted once again to have the support of our strategic partners East Ayrshire Council and the Scottish Government to enable us to deliver these new high quality homes.”
“From a works tender sum of £5.36 million for the Hill Street site we believe that circa £4.7 million or 87% will be recirculated within the Ayrshire economy through the contractors own trades, suppliers and sub contractors”.
Minister for Housing Kevin Stewart MSP said: “I am delighted that the Scottish Government’s affordable housing supply programme is able to support this project with a grant of £3.55 million. This will support the delivery of these affordable, high quality homes and will help address the demand for social rented housing for people in the East Ayrshire area. We have committed to deliver 50,000 more affordable homes, with 35,000 available for social rent, over the next five years, backed up with investment of more than £3 billion. Projects such as this one today marks another step on the road to delivering that pledge.”
Cllr. Reid, Leader of East Ayrshire Council stated: “This next phase of regeneration will really make a massive physical change to the Central North area of Kilmarnock and I am really looking forward to a vibrant and transformed Hill Street/Montgomery Street, where we will have helped to create a neighbourhood in which people will continue to be proud to live.”
CHA is delighted to announce the stunning success of one its tenants groups. At the recent TPAS Gala Dinner Awards night, the Longpark Tenant’s & Residents’ Association from Kilmarnock won the prestigious Tenant & Resident Group of the Year. This national good practice award is sponsored by the Scottish Government and was supported by Fife Council.
The award presented to the group by Scottish Television’s weatherman, Sean Batty, was for the tireless work and commitment group members give to their local community. The range of involvement and support offered by the group impressed the judges along with the many diverse local community events organised by the group.
The Group’s Secretary, Stella Murphy, admitted she was totally surprised to win the award, but was over the moon. She added, “the award is a nice recognition for the work the committee members do and more importantly gives Longpark more positive publicity. This award helps to show that Longpark is a great place to live with a great community spirit.”
Frank Sweeney, Chief Executive of Cunninghame Housing Association stated: “for the Longpark Tenants’ & Residents’ Association to have won this prestigious award is fantastic. Longpark is a vibrant community with a strong tenants’ and residents’ Group, this award recognises their hard work and that of our Community, Participation & Engagement Officer, Ian Macpherson.”
Frank Sweeney, Chief Executive of Cunninghame Housing Association won the prestigious ‘Exceptional Contribution by a CIH Member Excellence Award’ at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual awards ceremony held in Glasgow on Friday 11th November 2016.
“This award highlights outstanding professional achievement and individual personal contribution by a CIH member working in the housing industry. The winner of this award will have demonstrated a professional commitment to their organisation or the communities they work in. They will have made an outstanding commitment to their profession. The award winner will be an inspirational role model for those working within the housing sector and embracing the ethics and professional standards underpinning CIH membership.” (Chartered Institute of Housing)
Commenting on the award, Frank Sweeney said: “As the Chief Executive of Cunninghame Housing Association and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, I am delighted to have won the Excellence Award in this the Institutes centenary year.”
Janet Strang, Chair of Cunninghame Housing Association said: “The Board of Management is absolutely delighted that our Chief Executive, Frank Sweeney, has been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Housing for his professionalism, commitment and personal contribution to the Housing profession. This is a tremendous achievement, especially so given that at the Awards Ceremony, the Presenter announced that this was the first time ever in this award category that the recipient had scored the maximum perfect 10 in all of the award criteria from all of the Judges.”
Esther Wilson, Vice-Chair of CIH Scotland stated: “Frank is clearly a dedicated and committed housing professional who has made an exceptional contribution over a long career. He clearly provides exceptional leadership within his organisation and is a worthy winner of this award.”