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Nottingham City Homes now inspecting council houses with drones

Council houses in Nottingham will now be inspected by drones to avoid putting up unnecessary and costly scaffolding.

Nottingham City Homes (NCH) will be using the drones, which feature a high-definition camera, to check the roof of a property and diagnose any issues that may be present in hard-to-reach areas.

The company, which manages the city council-owned homes, first used the drone on a property in Bulwell on January 21, after it had been suffering from a water leak.

The tenant of the home, Julie Cross, said she was “impressed” and hopes the roof leak will soon be fixed.

She said: “It was a very interesting thing to have done.

“It only took a couple of hours rather than have scaffolding outside for weeks, I was grateful to be asked to take part in this pilot, and impressed with the whole operation.

“Hopefully the problems that I have been having will be sorted, now that we have a bird’s eye view of my roof.”

Nottingham City Council will also work with NCH to inspect and carry out work on other properties and homes with solar panels on the roof.

It is hoped the new way of inspecting houses will save money while also being less invasive to the tenants who live there.

Adrian Cheetham, director of property at Nottingham City Homes, added: “We are always looking for modern, innovative and cost saving ways of carry our repairs, without comprising the quality of the work.

“We are one of those leading the way by using drones to inspect council house properties from above and we believe this is going to help us diagnose issues more quickly and thoroughly.

“We will be working with partners to carry out joint work on properties, which will also save us money but means less disruption to our tenants.”

A number of new council house developments are being built across the city, including Top Valley and Basford.


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