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Multi-million pound investment for council estates

Thu 15 August 2019, 12:18 pm

An extra £10 million has been set aside in Havering Council's housing budget, Housing Revenue Account, to improve council estates in Havering.

Plans, approved by Havering Council's Cabinet in July, will see extra money focused on the safety, look and feel of council estates, enhancing buildings and communal areas.

Each of the 47 estates will be scored against a set of criteria, using council, crime, and investment data, along with 'on the ground' scores from Havering Council staff to decide on improvements.

Before any work begins, residents at estates targeted for improvements will also be invited to a series of roadshow workshops with a Cabinet member, where they will be told about the planned programme and given the opportunity to ask questions, present ideas and share feedback on how the money could be best spent.

The programme of works will include improvements to safety by upgrading and installing new fencing, providing better external and communal lighting, and upgrading door entry systems to help restrict unauthorised access.

Estates are also set to benefit from a range of cosmetic improvements including the decoration of building exteriors, repainting of internal communal areas, landscaping in communal areas with upgrades to pathways, and improving accessibility through installing ramps and widening entrances.

Refuse disposal areas may also be rearranged to ensure they are not an eyesore, and parking improvements will be considered where possible.

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