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Primrose Hill residents enjoy their new-look estate

Release Date: 23-Apr-2010
The residents of Primrose Hill in Huddersfield came out in force recently to celebrate major improvements to their estate.
The scheme was officially opened by the Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Julie Stewart-Turner, helped by local schoolboy, Parash Jain

The scheme was officially opened by the Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Julie Stewart-Turner, helped by local schoolboy, Parash Jain

Following extensive consultation with the residents, Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH), Kirklees Highways Development Service and contractor DCT Civil Engineering have created a 'home zone' in the area to make the estate more pedestrian friendly with redesigned road and footpath layouts, a lowered speed limit and traffic calming measures. Car owners have also benefited from better parking. The key benefit of a home zone, “is that it turns a residential street into valued public place,”according to Khalid Muneer, a Highways engineer.

KNH has also improved the appearance of the houses on the estate by adding canopies and renovating walls, gates and render.

The £1.5 million project has gone down well with local residents, many of whom particularly appreciated the way that contractors quickly dealt with any problems, even clearing paths and helping to push cars during the severe winter weather.

The regeneration scheme was officially opened by the Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Julie Stewart-Turner, helped by local schoolboy, Parash Jain (pictured), who has shown a keen interest in the scheme since work began.

The Mayor was then given a guided tour of the area so she could see all the improvements for herself, while residents enjoyed a barbecue and children were entertained by face painter, Clare Porter, courtesy of DCT and KNH.

KNH Chief Executive, Simon Rogers, said: “This scheme is a really good example of how different organizations can work together with local people to improve homes and communities, two key concerns for KNH.”

Cllr Shabir Pandor, the cabinet member responsible for housing, said: “We want to make sure that council estates in Kirklees are places where people feel comfortable, safe and proud to call home. The regeneration scheme will make Primrose Hill an even better place to live.”

Adrian English, site agent for DCT Civil Engineering said “We are delighted to be working in partnership with KNH and Highways on this project. We would also like to thank the local residents for all the positive feedback we received from them in the customer satisfaction survey which was carried out by KNH, on the way the project was implemented. As a company this is something that we value highly.”

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