Council helps to ensure success of ‘DIY SOS’ project

Release date: 22 June 2017

Caption: (l to r) Local building company owner Andy Nurden with Council Building Surveyor Tim Seton at the DIY SOS ‘reveal’ event.

Cotswold District Council has been thanked by the BBC for providing support to a ‘DIY SOS’ team that has been working on a project in Avening over the last couple of weeks.

The project saw an army of volunteer craftsmen adapt the Wernham family’s home in the village, enabling them to cope much better with the consequences of a holiday accident last year that resulted in the father, Ben Wernham, becoming paralysed from the neck down.

Officers from the Council negotiated the use of Council-owned land at Jubilee Gardens to facilitate the project, and granted a temporary licence for the BBC team to occupy the area around the site.  Other officers helped to install a security fence (supplied by local firm A C Nurden) around the site to protect trees, and arranged special waste collections to cope with the extra demand for clean-up services.

Commenting on the CDC contribution, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Lead for Property/Asset Management, Cllr Nick Parsons, said:

“We are very proud of the many local craftsmen who loaned their time and skills to the BBC team to complete this admirable project on schedule.  In contrast, the Council’s contribution went on mostly behind the scenes, but it involved a considerable amount of extra effort on the part of several officers who rose to the challenge and made sure that there were no annoying bureaucratic delays.”

CDC was invited to the ‘project reveal’ today and joined the many volunteers in welcoming the Wernham family to their newly refurbished home. 



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