Residents' Estate Improvement Fund 2021

Closes 15 Aug 2021

Opened 16 Jul 2021


The Residents' Estate Improvement Fund

The Residents' Estate Improvement Fund 2022/ 23 is now open for your ideas. The fund is an annual investment pot that helps residents work with the Council to choose and deliver the changes they want to see on their estate. 

This can be spent on one-off, physical changes to improve outdoor and communal areas on estates, whether it’s enhancing what’s in place already or creating brand new facilities. This can include anything from providing new play equipment and seating to creating planting and growing areas or introducing security improvements, such as anti-climb devices, sensor lights, fencing, and staggered barriers to prevent mopeds on pathways. It cannot be used for ongoing services or maintenance such as improved cleaning or gardening service, for CCTV, or for events and activities.

This year, the fund will focus on improving outdoor spaces on our estates - such as playgrounds, gardens, and other green spaces. If you have an idea that doesn’t fit within this theme, we’ll be holding walkabouts on our estates this Autumn where you’ll be able to champion any ideas that you have for improvements to your estate. We will be putting up posters on estates where walkabouts are taking place nearer the time, so keep an eye out for these. 

How does it work?

Step 1 – have your say

This can be specific ideas for changes you’d like to see, or general feedback on the types of things we should focus investment on.

Step 2 – creating proposals

We’ll use your ideas and feedback to create detailed and deliverable proposals for your estate. These will be based on your views, while ensuring any changes are sustainable to manage and maintain and do not cause unexpected issues around things like security or antisocial behaviour.

Step 3 – agreeing improvements

We’ll discuss the proposed improvements with you and agree on the final improvements to take place.

Step 4 – delivering changes

We aim to deliver these changes by 31st March 2023 and will keep residents informed along the way.

Who can have their say?

Anyone who lives on an estate can have their say, whether they’re a Council tenant, homeowner, private renter or living in temporary accommodation. You can have your say by completing the online feedback form, returning the paper feedback form, or by attending an estate walkabout on your estate.

How much funding is available and where does it come from?

The fund is part of the Council’s budget for managing and maintaining Council homes, of which each year is ring-fenced for changes influenced by residents.

The amount that can be spent on each estate will depend on the circumstances of each estate and the ideas of residents.

What type of changes can the fund be used for?

The funding can be used for one-off, physical changes to improve outdoor and communal areas on estates, whether it’s enhancing what’s in place already or creating brand new facilities.

Previous examples of improvements the funding has been used for include play equipment, seating, planting and landscaping, growing areas, community gardens, security improvements, signage, redecorating communal areas or community halls, and waste and recycling facilities.

Have Your Say


  • All Areas


  • Residents


  • Gathering ideas