Release Date: 20-Apr-2010
Children from Fieldhead in Birstall enjoyed an easter egg hunt in the sun last week.
Six year old Kaitlin Hirst was the winner of the Easter egg hunt
Forty-six youngsters and their parents took part in the hunt, which was organised by estate management staff from Kirklees Neighbouhood Housing (KNH).
Everybody met at the Community Centre and followed a ‘Yellow Egg Trail’ around the estate, looking for hidden eggs. The children had great fun and everyone got really involved, with the older ones helping the younger children to find the eggs. The more they found, the more points they received, with young Kaitlin Hirst, being declared the winner (pictured).
Everyone who took part received a chocolate Easter egg, with those who had worked so well with the younger children receiving an extra one.
According to KNH Estate Management Officers, Carolyn Townsley, Emma Watson and Pat Mcfarlane, who organised the day, “it was lovely to see the children having such a great time and working together so well.”
Existing play facilities for the children have had to be temporarily removed as part of a major regeneration scheme on the estate. Local families are currently being consulted about what they want from the brand new play areas that are planned, but until those are installed, many more events for children and young people will be taking place during half term and the summer holidays.
The regeneration project will see 155 unpopular flats and maisonettes being demolished and replaced by 139 new family homes for rent and for sale. The retained areas will also be upgraded to blend in with the new properties, new shops and play areas will be built, the road system improved and a range of other environmental improvements will be carried out. The project, which began in September 2009, is due to be completed by autumn 2011.
The transformation of the Fieldhead Estate is being achieved through a partnership between Kirklees Community Association (KCA), Kirklees Council, KNH, Keepmoat, and the residents of Fieldhead.
KCA is a registered charitable company that owns 85 properties which are managed and rented by KNH. It was formed in the mid-1990s to benefit the inhabitants of Kirklees in the following ways:
• to provide facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation and leisure time occupation
• the provision of housing and associated amenities
• the promotion of education and the relief of poverty.
It is delighted to be one of the first such organisations to be approved by the Government’s Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) as a potential receiving body for Social Housing Grant money from the 2008/11 National Affordable Homes Programme allocation. The council is a minority stakeholder in KCA.
Kirklees Council is providing land for the scheme which enables the funding to be invested in new housing, rather than in buying land. It will also act as financial guarantor for KCA, which allowed them to access HCA funding.
KNH is a not-for-profit company (ALMO) that manages Kirklees Council’s 23,500 council houses. The company gained an ‘Excellent’ rating from the Government’s Housing Inspectors, who praised KNH for going beyond traditional housing management to engage with the people who live on the estates they manage and to genuinely listen to their views.