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KBM North News

Issue No 5 Nov - Jan 11


Safety fun with Kieran Our mascot Kieran brought fun with a serious message when he met the pupils of Richardson Dees Primary School in Wallsend. As he entertained the children Kieran demonstrated the importance of staying safe while building work was carried out to properties in nearby Howdon where some of the children live. Pictured: Kieran and Al Kerr with students from Richardson Dees

The demonstrations included a protective equipment dress-up session with Kieran, a short talk from our regional health and safety manager, Al Kerr, and a question and answer session with members of the customer liaison team. Each child received a high-visibility jacket to wear to and from school and to remind them of the importance of safety around building sites. Operations director, John Norton, said: “We take safety extremely seriously and it is very important to us to educate children who live in the areas in which we work about the dangers of building sites. Kieran has a great impact on the children and hopefully many of them will remember his advice for years to come.” Kier North Tyneside is currently carrying out Decent Homes work on 69 properties in Howdon on behalf of North Tyneside Council.

He’s Behind You!

A total of 30 people (mainly Kier families) attended the pantomime in December arranged by the Social Committee to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all the children and adults, with lots of shouting “he’s behind you”. Due to the success, the social committee shall be arranging another trip to the Panto again this Christmas – more information to follow from October.


Last Decent Home Completed

Pictured L-R: Cllr John Goodfellow, Diane Harbour, Mayor Linda Arkley, Neil Peverley - Senior Ops Manager

Five years ago, local authorities were challenged to ensure that all of their council housing met the Decent Homes Standard by the end of 2010. Since then, the 'Better Homes - Better Lives' programme, has seen 8,359 properties in North Tyneside have benefiting from a total investment of £150million in its housing stock. And on Friday 10 December, 5 Elmwood Avenue in Wallsend was 8,360th and final home to undergo refurbishment work. Tenant Diane Harbour, 46, is delighted with the work that has been carried out. She said: "The improvements to my home have been fantastic. "The final works are now taking place as I'm getting new windows fitted, but since I moved in back in March 2007, I've had plenty of other improvements, such as new kitchen, bathroom, doors and radiators. "All of the Kier staff and builders have been fantastic. They've respected me and respected my home, and kept me up to date with all of the jobs scheduled to take place, which have been carried out exactly when they said they would be.� John Norton, operations director, said: "We are proud to have been part of a project which will benefit local residents for years to come. "By working in partnership with our colleagues at North Tyneside Council, we believe we have made a real difference in improving the quality of life for people across the region. "We have been working on improving homes through the Decent Homes programme since we started working with the council in September 2009, and it is testament to the team involved that this work has been completed on time and to budget."


Deck the Halls While people across the country were decorating their trees in the run up to Christmas, the residents of Castle Park estate turned to renewable energy to light their’s. Despite the tree standing in a location with no available power supply, local residents, with the help of Kier North Tyneside, used solar energy to power their Christmas lights. Kier North Tyneside wanted to support the Residents Association and a donation of solar powered lights for the Christmas Tree seemed a perfect way to spread some festive cheer. The Residents Association provides a range of services for local residents including support to elderly people by making sure their paths are clear and offering help with grocery shopping should they need it. It has also been able to put elderly residents in touch with support services, such as North Tyneside Council, to tend their gardens and just ensure they are safe during the severe weather conditions. Castle Park Residents Association secretary, Shirley Carling, said: “We have made excellent steps forward with supporting our residents over the past few months and it is great that we could provide them with such an amazing tree this Christmas. A big thank you to Kier North Tyneside for donating the lights which effectively and efficiently solved our problem of how to light the tree with no power sockets.” The residents of the Castle Park estate have already enjoyed benefits of their Residents Association including more litter and dog waste bins, more seating areas for children on the estate and more flower planters and the upcoming installation of a play park on the estate.

KBM North Charity of the Year KBM North is pleased to announce that it has selected the Princess Ellie Trust as it’s charity of the year 2011.

The trust was nominated by Bob Long who works for Kier North Tyneside at the Killingworth Site. Princess Ellie is Ellie Long – she died of meningitis last August aged two just hours after showing signs of the illness. The trust was set up in her name to raise funds for the Meningitis Research Foundation to help it develop a vaccine against group B meningitis and also for the paediatric intensive care unit at Newcastle General Hospital.

Any monies raised by the business will be donated to the trust. This includes money raised by the KBM North Sports and Social Committee and any ad hoc events that take place.


I would just like to pass on my thanks to David Campbell and Hughie Willis who have willingly helped on a number of occasions recently during the extreme weather we have had. They have both responded to problems within the building very quickly and have offered and assisted in snow clearance when we were struggling to keep the school open. Hughie actually cleared a large amount of snow which was at least 4ft deep across the west end of the school to allow pedestrian access which was essential for our fire evacuation. We have recently invited the children back to the old Goathland Primary, in the New Year, when demolition begins. I am sure they will be as excited to be as involved in this process as they were in the development of our new school. Thanks again and kind regards, Julie Royle Business Manager - Benton Dene Schools

Union Learning Centre UCATT and KBM North are in the process of putting together a bid to get a Union Learning Tenant from 14 St Luke's Road - Called

Centre up and running in North Tyneside.

to say that he is delighted with how quickly the guttering was done on the garage at his address and would like to thank the operative, Lawrence Lemin.

Along with this they are looking for people to become Union Learning Representatives. Full training will be given. To undertake the role you must be a Union Member. If you are interested, please contact Alan Stansfield Union Convenor for more information. Tel: 07875 995 215 or 0191 643 7821

05 KBM North Newsletter Jan 11  

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