Celebrating improvements on the Schools Estate

Release Date: 17-May-2010
Residents from the Schools estate in Dewsbury Moor have been celebrating the end of a major improvement programme.
local residents played a key role in designing the entrance to the estate

local residents played a key role in designing the entrance to the estate

The two-year £600,000 programme by Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) has included installing burglar alarms, new fencing, bin stores and has also involved changing footpaths and landscaping communal grassed areas.

As well as improving the appearance of the estate and making residents feel safer and more comfortable in their homes, the project has also brought people together by involving them in the design of a new commemorative feature at the entrance of the estate.

The end result incorporates elements suggested by a number of residents and includes the footprints of many of those who live on the estate, set into concrete, and topped with a large engraved boulder.

At a recent celebration event, Kathleen Andrews, from School Croft Tenants and Residents Association, was presented with a bouquet of flowers in appreciation of all her hard work on the project.

Kathleen said, “The improvements have made a big difference to how the estate looks. It’s been wonderful to see so many people getting involved with the design and build of the entrance feature – and the contractors, Simon Calvert, were great, with one of their workmen even lifting people on and off the wet concrete.”

Christine Gummerson, KNH Neighbourhood Operations Manager, said: “The residents have enjoyed being a part of this scheme and have played a big part in its success. I hope they continue to take an interest in other events and activities happening here.”

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 safe and proud to call home. These improvements will help make that happen for Schools Estate residents.”

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