A major package of environmental works is being carried out by Incommunities to improve the areas around tenants’ homes and contribute to community safety.
Under the housing group’s Decent Neighbourhoods programme 16 schemes in Keighley, Bingley, Shipley and Bradford are set to be completed by March 2016. The works will include communal decorating and new flooring, installing boundary fencing, resurfacing car parks and footpaths, guttering and fascia work and energy efficient communal lighting schemes.
This week, Incommunities’ regeneration and housing managers joined Alex Brown, Chair of the housing group’s Aire Wharfe Local Management Trust, on a tour around Braithwaite where new metal fencing is being put up around 500 homes. Fencing is also being installed by communal paths on the estate.
The £390,000 scheme was drawn up following detailed consultation with local residents.
The whole programme is being managed by the group’s Propertysolutions service.
Works have already been completed at Whinfield Avenue and Braithwaite Avenue and local resident Barbara Ward is delighted with the result.
She said: “I’m delighted with my new fencing and having my gate is wonderful. I feel a lot more secure and the work has really improved the look of the area.”
Jez Lester, Incommunities’ Assistant Chief Executive, Asset Management, said: “The Decent Neighbourhoods programme builds on the group’s multi million pound investment to modernise our customers’ homes and improve the areas they live in.
“We have received a lot of positive feedback from residents at Braithwaite – many saying how the work has given them a greater sense of security and added to the visual appeal of the area.
“We are looking forward to delivering more environmental improvements across the district over the coming months.”
Alex Brown, Chair of the housing group’s Aire Wharfe Local Management Trust and member of Bradford District Tenants and Residents Association, said: “Over the last 12 years Incommunities has transformed people’s lives by bringing thousands of homes up to a standard in excess of the Government’s Decent Homes Standard.
“These environmental works aim to help promote sustainable tenancies and I am delighted to see first hand how things are progressing. The feedback I am getting is that they are giving residents a real sense of pride about their neighbourhood.”