Residents of Water Road flats in Rainworth, Notts, celebrated the improvements that have been made to their grounds and gardens at an official opening ceremony attended by Councillor Linda Tift, Councillor John Middleton and the Chair of Newark and Sherwood Homes Ginette Hughes,.
Newark and Sherwood Homes recognised that the garden area of Water Road flats was in need of refurbishment and consulted with tenants about what was important to them if the area was upgraded.
Taking into account the views of local residents, Newark and Sherwood Homes included five mobility scooter garages in the design of the area, which also included a new tarmac base, planting trees and building raised beds for residents to grow their own flowers, fruit and vegetables. A new seating area has also been created for the use of local tenants and residents and a soft landscaping scheme has been introduced to further enhance the appearance of the front aspect of the flats. New communal entrance doors have also been incorporated to enhance security at both Rainworth Water Road and Thoresby Road flats.
Mrs Joan Harpham, tenant, said: “We are really happy with the work that has been done here – it’s a pleasure to sit here and enjoy the gardens. I have been involved with planting some of the raised beds and they look beautiful. It’s just what we needed and tenants and residents will enjoy the garden for many years to come.”
Coun Linda Tift said: “This area has been hugely improved which will make a major difference to tenants of the flats. The scooter garages are much more convenient and secure and the garden area will be a place where residents can come to relax and socialise.”
Coun John Middleton commented: “It is great to see the work that has been carried out here, which is already having a very positive impact for local tenants and residents. The best thing about this scheme is that tenants’ views were sought and they are the ones who will benefit.”
Ginette Hughes, chairman of the board of Newark and Sherwood Homes said: “We developed this area very much around the needs of residents. The new mobility sheds allow residents to securely store and charge their scooters and avoid the security and practical issues of storing them outside. There has been some great feedback from residents and their families to the garden and it’s fantastic to see this area being much more widely used.”
The new garden and seating area is now a relaxing place for residents to enjoy and has been planted with attractive shrubs. Already a number of residents have come forward to show interest in taking over certain areas of the garden to plant and tend for their own enjoyment.
Newark and Sherwood Homes is the Management Organisation that was set up by Newark and Sherwood District Council in 2004 to manage, maintain and improve council housing. The organisation manages approximately 5,500 homes on behalf of the Council and its aim is to deliver excellent housing services.
Newark and Sherwood Homes is committed to making positive improvements to the homes and facilities it manages, as well as adding value to tenants’ lives through a programme of enhancing opportunities and training.
For more information visit the website www.nshomes.co.uk.