Release Date: 19-Jul-2010
Residents from the Gardens Terrace area of Ravensthorpe came together on Saturday (17 July) to celebrate improvements to their homes and the launch of a new ‘neighbourhood agreement.’
The homes, which are privately owned, have all had a face-lift as part of Kirklees Council’s Neighbourhood Renewal programme. This has included new lighting, stone cleaning and pointing, new boundary walls, guttering, and if needed, new doors, windows and internal improvements to bring the homes up to government ‘decency’ standards.
The work, which cost £350,000, was funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
While the work on the houses has been going on, community engagement staff from Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing have been talking to local residents about other ways they can improve their community, by identifying things that they’re concerned about and coming up with a plan for dealing with them.
The resulting neighbourhood agreement sets out the responsibilities of both residents and services for issues such as rubbish, flytipping, noise and antisocial behaviour.
According to Cllr Shabir Pandor, the cabinet member responsible for housing, “The work that’s been carried out at Gardens Terrace will benefit the residents and the community as a whole.
“The aim of the agreement is for residents and service providers to work together to protect the investment that’s been made in the area and help make Gardens Terrace a better, cleaner and safer place to live for everyone.”