Residents' Estate Improvement Fund

Closed 16 Oct 2020

Opened 21 Sep 2020

Results updated 10 Feb 2021

Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out the survey and share your ideas. Please view the summary report to see what your estate had suggested. We will be working on implementing your suggested improvements this year. 

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Overview

The Residents' Estate Improvement Fund

The Residents' Estate Improvement Fund 2020-21 is now open for your ideas. The fund is an annual £1 million 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.

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 the final improvements to take place.

Step 4 – delivering changes
We aim to deliver these changes by April/May 2021 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 feedback form in the September edition of Our Homes, 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, around £1 million of which each year is ringfenced 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, capped at a maximum of £250 per home on that estate.

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. 

It cannot be used for ongoing services or maintenance such as improved cleaning or gardening service, or for events and activities.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Residents

Interests

  • Gathering ideas